South Africa Wasteful in Front of Goal As Near Empty FNB Stadium Witnesses Drab Draw

South Africa Wasteful in Front of Goal As Near Empty FNB Stadium Witnesses Drab Draw

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at October 13, 2023 at 7:07 PM
  • South Africa wasted multiple clear opportunities in front of goal as they drew blanks
  • The hosts dominated possession but could not apply a decent finish against a weaker opponent
  • The FNB Stadium was virtually empty at kick-off, but several fans still found their way in by half-time

Bafana Bafana had several chances but ultimately fluffed their lines.

South Africa had the freedom of FNB Stadium at times, dominating possession but spending much of the match hovering around the Eswatini 18-yard box.

Lyle Foster, Khanyisa Mayo, Njabulo Blom and Mihlali Mayembela all had chances but left their shooting boots at home.

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A screenshot of the FNB Stadium just before kick-off between South Africa and Eswatini. Photo: SABC+.
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A sorrier sight was the large blocks of empty orange seats.

Questions had been asked about why SAFA continue to schedule games in cities with a history of poor attendance.

SAFA CEO Lydia Monyepao explained, as reported by SowetanLive:

“The reason is they [Bafana] have to jump into the next flight, going to Ivory Coast immediately. So, in terms of where they can play, it becomes a little bit difficult.
“We wanted to play this game in Cape Town, however, but there are other events happening.”

Man of the match, Njabulo Blom, was surprised at the award, believing he gave the ball away too often. Speaking after the match, Blom said:

"We didn’t have the eagerness to play the ball forward. We know we should have done better but I think it is something we can fix going forward."

Coach Hugo Broos was a frustrated man after the game, mentioning that things would be uncomfortable next week against Ivory Coast if they played like that.

"I'm more than disappointed. I didn’t understand why we were playing like this. No passion, no rythym. I said at half time, I hoped to see a better team but they were the same. It was a disaster." said Broos.

Rhulani Mokwena proven right

Sports Brief reported earlier that Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena dismissed claims of 'excuses' coming from clubs.

Hugo Broos said he was unhappy with Sundowns players trying to avoid the national team set-up after being included in the squad.

Mokwena expressed concern about the public being misled about the club and its players, saying he would speak with Broos.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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