Bafana Bafana Player Revisiting Video of Mali Failure to Prepare for Namibia

Bafana Bafana Player Revisiting Video of Mali Failure to Prepare for Namibia

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at January 20, 2024 at 11:08 AM
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  • Bafana Bafana face Namibia in a crunch AFCON 2023 Group E encounter on Sunday evening
  • Anything but a win will leave South Africa on the edge of elimination from the competition
  • Teboho Mokoena explained how watching back the Mali game was still a painful sight

Learning from past mistakes is advice Bafana Bafana are taking to heart.

Players have been rewatching their performance against Mali, appreciating the positives but hoping to identify the mistakes.

The first half against their West African conquerors will need to be replicated against Namibia and a repeat of the second half will see Hugo Broos' charges in a very uncomfortable spot.

Teboho Mokoena, Bafana Bafana, South Africa, Namibia, AFCON 2023.
Teboho Mokoena has been rewatching Bafana Bafana's match against Mali looking to identify areas of improvement. Photo: YELL0MAN.
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One of South Africa's more consistent performers, Teboho Mokoena has been analysing their 90 minutes against Mali.

Mokoena linked up well with Sphephelo Sithole and wingbacks Khuliso Mudau and Aubrey Modiba in a fluent first 45 minutes for Bafana.

He was also the first to make himself available to take the much-talked-about penalty, confidently standing over the penalty spot before being nudged out of the way by Percy Tau.

Relaying his thoughts via KickOff, Mokoena said:

"In the first half, tactically, I think we were good. We have another opportunity to do better in the second game. We just have to be clinical. We get one chance and we have to score and we close the fame. That's all we need."

Mokoena noted the physicality of the Malians but that should not be a factor against Namibia, barring the imposing figure of Orlando Pirates' Deon Hotto.

Bafana Bafana's next 90 minutes will have a severe impact as it will stand as a measurement of their ability to overcome less glamourous opponents or highlight how wasteful they are of the footballing resources the nation has.

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Bafana Bafana player ratings vs Mali

Sports Brief recently compiled a breakdown of each area of Bafana Bafana's performance against Mali.

Lassine Sinayoko spearheaded Mali's 2-0 win after a promising first-half display by South Africa.

As a unit, they tried to play confidently with the ball at their feet but were outsmarted after the break.

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Jarryd Westerdale
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.