Bafana Bafana realise that they missed a chance to steal a vital World Cup qualifier victory in
Poor defending throughout the match was finally punished in the final minute as South Africa were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw in Ouagadougou on Saturday.
And defensive marshall Thulani Hlatshwayo says he and his struggling backline were warned that they need to tighten things up in the dying minutes of the match after Dean Furman gave them the lead 10 minutes from the end.
Skipper Hlatshwayo says: “We need to learn from such errors.
“We can’t continue giving away silly goals like that if we want to go far. We were seconds away from victory but threw the game away.
“We have learnt a bitter lesson and that is something that should never be repeated again.”
Coach Shakes Mashaba added: “It was a silly goal to give away. But there is no need to cry over spilt milk.
“Overall, I think we had things under control after surviving an early onslaught early.”
Mashaba hailed Eleazar Rodgers’ tireless display to lead the line after the boss was let down by forward Tokelo Rantie, who never showed up for the fixture.
Shakes says of the Cape-born striker: “He gave us something we missed in the past. Winning aerial balls when under pressure! He never allowed the defence to settle down.”
Bafana play Ghana in a friendly in Durban on Tuesday, before their next qualifier against Senegal on November 7.