We came to here to draw

Author: Peter Sarbah
Molefi Ntseki
Molefi Ntseki

Bafana Bafana coach, Molefi Ntseki, says their plan was to, at least, force a draw against the Black Stars during their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Ghana at the Cape Coach Stadium on Thursday.

Athletico Madrid star, Thomas Partey, put the Black Stars in front on the 35th minute before substitute Mohammed Kudus put the icing in the cake in the 78th minute with a sublime volley.

But Coach Ntseki said that wasn’t their game plan because they had come to, at least, walk home with a point but they were disappointed because that could not happen.

"We are disappointed that we have lost. It could have been, maybe, a draw because we came here to have a draw but unfortunately for us and fortunately for Ghana they had to score the two goals and if you look at how the two goals were scored it was more of power and strength.

"I think credit must be given to the players because I can’t falter them for effort. They did all that they had to do but unfortunately it wasn’t our day" he added.

He explained that the game of football has become so compact with Ghana's defense being very organise at the back.

"The game of football has become so compact, the defense has been so organised so it’s becoming a bit of a problem"

He refused to admit that his tactics did not work out but rather gave credit to the Stars particularly on how they defended against them.

"If you look at the goal that was scored by Ghana it was shooting from outside the box and those are the areas that you need to work on as a coach and as a team.

"If you look at the performance of the team you can’t necessarily say the tactics did not work out but we also give respect to the team (Black Stars) and how they defended against us", he said