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November 17, 2016
We need answers

IN TROUBLE: Shakes Mashaba

Bafana's year ends with questions over coach's future, squad depth and tactics

Bafana Bafana finished off 2016 with more questions than answers.

They may be starting the new year off without coach Shakes Mashaba after he landed himself in trouble with a post-match tirade and is facing a disciplinary hearing.

And after the 1-1 draw in their friendly against Mozambique, the new faces given their chance in the side didn’t really impress.

Of course not much can be taken out of the game in Maputo following their World Cup qualifying 2-1 win over Senegal, but there were concerns with the quality of assistant coach Owen da Gama’s second-stringers.

Maybe they’re trying too hard, especially goalkeeper Ronwen Williams.

The SuperSport United stopper has been in around the squad for some time now.

But his mad rush out of his area that gifted Clesio Bauque the opener in the first half was the sort of mistake a man with lots of uncertainty in his mind would make.

Just like Shakes, Williams over-reached coming out of his safety zone to prove a point.

Instead of playing the situation, with a simple clearance into touch with the player bearing down on him, he didn’t do anything and ran back into his box, helpless.

Up front, Bafana looked even more clueless.

With debutant Lars Veldwijk playing as target man, his supporting trio of May Mahlangu, Daine Klate and Thuso Phala looked like they hadn’t seen him before.

According to Shakes, Dutch-born new boy Veldwijk looked like the real deal in training.

Problem was that they hardly used the player’s strengths to trouble Mozambique’s defence.

Instead of playing off him, they were expecting him to run in behind defenders rather than with his back to goal.

In the second half, Da Gama changed things up with Bradley Grobler,
Keagan Dolly, Ayanda Patosi and Thulani Serero coming on.

Being a more mobile front four, with Grobler, who scored the equaliser, as the man at the top, they could switch positions and trouble the Mambas.

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