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Bafana Bafana head coach breaks his silence



Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has explained that his team has three penalty takers and they decide on the pitch who will step up after Percy Tau missed a spot-kick against Mali.

South Africa succumbed to The Eagles, losing 2-0 after a game of two halves transpired at the Stade Amadou Gon Coulibali.
Bafana dominated the first interval and had a chance to take the lead but Tau missed from the penalty spot after Evidence Makgopa was elbowed inside the box.

It looked initially like Teboho Mokoena would take the spot-kick before Tau took the ball but sent his effort over the bar, with Broos explaining Bafana’s penalty situation after the match.

“There are three guys for the game, it was Aubrey [Modiba], Mokoena and Percy,” he said.

“And they decide on the pitch. It’s not up to me, the one who feels best has to take the penalty.

“I think Teboho [Tau] took this responsibility and we can’t blame him for that, certainly not because taking a penalty is not easy.
“But it changed the game.”

Broos also insisted the missed penalty and the added physicality of Mali after the break decided the game on the night.

“I have to congratulate my team for the performance of today,” he added.


“I think we lose the game in two facts, first is missing the penalty. Secondly is the physical power, especially in the second half of Mali.


“Those reasons make us lose the game today but the performance of South Africa was good and I think if we scored the penalty the game should be different.”

Bafana now basically need to win their second game against Namibia on Sunday after the Brave Warriors celebrated a surprise victory – their first-ever at the AFCON – over Tunisia earlier on Tuesday.

Hugo Broos believes that his team can perform better in the next game against Namibia and he knows that it is also a must win game.

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