21 January 2013

South Africa/Angola: Group A Wide Open After Draws in the Opening Matches

Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund says there is all to play for in their next game against Angola after all teams in Group A saw their respective matches end in a goalless draw.

After hosts South Africa had been held to a disappointing draw by Cape Verde, Igesund was content to see Angola and Morocco settle for another goalless draw, giving the under pressure hosts a good opportunity to have a crack at seeking a passage into the quarter-finals.

Bafana Bafana face Angola on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban relieved that their campaign is very much on track and that they are still masters of their own destiny.

Kick-off is at 17h00.

"We have our destiny in our own hands, following the draws from the two matches we are starting all over again and on equal footing. All teams have a point each and this means five or six points could get us through to the next round. It is back to the drawing board and we need to work hard. We have to change some things we did in our last match and approach Angola differently," said Igesund.

"The most important thing for me now is to get into the players' heads and try to free their minds because the performance against Cape Verde was not convincing at all. I have to get the players to believe in themselves again for us to move forward."

Igesund says he had a talk with the team and they know what they need to do.

"The truth is the players were also disappointed about their showing; but it's all behind us now we cannot undo it. They know they let a good opportunity slip by. The remaining two training sessions will be crucial for us to help us prepare thoroughly for our next match, but I remain confident that with the six points on offer, we can get out of the Group stages.

Morocco and Cape Verde will meet in the second Group A match also played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium as part of a double header.

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