Molefi: Appiah won the war of tactics

Author: Peter Sarbah
Molefi Ntseki
Molefi Ntseki

South Africa coach, Molefi Ntseki, has conceded that his Ghanaian counterpart played a more superior tactics to his during their 2021Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Cape Coast Stadium on Thursday.

Speaking during the post-match press conference the Bafana Bafana gaffer said prior to the game his declaration that the game was going to be a war of tactics wasn't actually a personal war between the two coaches but that of tactical acumen on the pitch.

Based on how Ghana fought to score two goals, Coach Molefi said was an indication that his Ghanaian counterpart won the tactical battle.

He further explained that good tactics has always been crucial in winning games but quality players who are ready to die during the game also help in making the tactics complete and effective.

" I've got so much respect for Coach Appiah and I was saying it's a war of tactics but a tactics will always win you games but at the same time you need to have players who can also put in an effort into the tactics", he admitted.

He praised the Black Stars players for the effort they put into the game to help them win but was quick to add that his men also put in a lot of effort but were unfortunate to have conceded two goals.

"I think if you look at Ghana they put so much effort and they managed to get the two goals. We are not saying our players did not put in effort but unfortunately for them we could not win the match so yes Kwasi Appiah has won this war of tactics.

He was also impressed by Ghana's defensive set up which he described as very compact that made things difficult for them to penetrate through.

"You (Ghana) had a very deep defensive block which is very compact and we wanted to try and add more numbers and try to break the compactness in the central area but it didn't work", he said.