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South Africa Coach: Why We Lost To Falconets, We Can Win In Benin

South Africa Coach: Why We Lost To Falconets, We Can Win In Benin

By Adeboye Amosu: South Africa U-20 women’s coach Maude Khumalo has blamed her side’s profligacy in front of goal for their defeat against Nigeria in Saturday’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifier, reports Completesportsnigeria.com (CSN).

The Basetsana lost 2-0 to the Super Falconets at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane with Rasheedat Ajibade and Anam Imo scoring both goals.

“I don’t feel they (Nigeria) dominated us because they were only using long balls with advantage of the height, hence there was nothing like they had a better build-up,” Khumalo stated in her chat with the media after the game.

“They resorted to playing their long balls and making the switches well in the final third to get their goals.

“We managed to contain them in many moments of their one-two occasions but our final balls were the areas that let us down. As a coach, we must go back to the drawing board and look at the what went wrong in this game.

“They got their chances and made good use of it and for me, definitely, we might change and may not but I think everything is about the mental strength at the end of the day.

“The fear of meeting Nigeria did not affect us in any way because we knew we were going to meet them. The only thing that is important in a game is that you score goals whenever there is a chance. That is what they got theirs and made use of it.”

Despite the defeat, Khumalo is upbeat her team can overturn the two- goal deficit in the return fixture.

“We are going to give our best, go all out and we need to fight till the end because there is no turning back. It is a pity that we conceded goals at home which was not our dream coming into the game,” she stated.

“But since when they have got those two goals, we need to see when we get to their side [Benin City] that we do it too. They only got those goals in the first half and could not come out against us in the second half because just they parked the bus. I think that was what they were waiting for.

“We are the same but they are more experience because of playing at the World Cup. I am happy with the performance of the girls despite we couldn’t get those goals and prevent them from scoring. We also needed to play so that we can score.

“We are going to Nigeria knowing that we are two goals down. But we won’t sit back and keep on playing our game and give our best to get those goals.”

The return leg will come up on January 27th at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin.

The winner on aggregate will secure one of the two tickets as African representatives for the finals scheduled to hold from August 5-24.

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  • Fasasi Kunle 4 years ago

    Coach you don’t respect and your daughters would be walloped at least 5 goals in Nigeria.

    • Frank 4 years ago

      I wonder. People don’t seem to know the virtue of humility these days.

  • Edoman, New Jersey, USA. 4 years ago

    Salient is Golden. South African Coaches do not know how to keep this rule. Benin City could turn out to be their Waterloo.

  • Diuto Nwachukwu 4 years ago

    Words Of A Failure!

  • okponku 4 years ago

    This woman too talk OH! Football game na for pitch no be Social media talk thing or press conference thing Mrs coach. why not as u concede goals in SA u could as well score in Naija too. But we wait to see the American wonder.

  • Ifeanyi 4 years ago

    I think she learn it from their men senior national team coach who talks so much and do less.

  • Ako Amadi 4 years ago

    You never hear a South African coach give credit to the opposition

  • You guys have forgotten how women like talking. They talk when they are not supposed to talk. You know them na. Abi your sisi no dey talk? Sometimes any how. Even in an important meetings at the village, when men are seriously discussing serious matter concerning some serious matter, you hear them talking outside so loudly that we men nerd to tell them to zip it. Of course that do not stop them but it usually reduces the level. This South African coach is a woman and so is doing what women do. Anyways, we men like hearing their voices. No like Adam sha at the GardenOfEden. That man messed up big deal.

  • This is surely the grand dame of a terrible disease that has trapped virtually all African coaches facing Nigerian teams – ‘excusitis.’ When they are thrashed they resort to fanciful excuses. This lady’s numerous excuses not only made me weak, but also drew my pity because she talks without reasoning. She is an insecure women who is prepared to say anything to pacify her employers, thereby giving them false hopes. From her own rambling speech, she said the Nigerian girls were taller and dominated the airspace, yet she is optimistic her girls will play to win in Benin – a very incongruous expectation. How is she planning to solve that physical challenge, apart from her wards’ deficient soccer skills. Will she wave a magic wand and make her girls taller and the rampaging Nigerian girls shorter? This woman should go and sit down. Benin will be hotter for her than kitchen fire.

  • Kingmark Executives 3 years ago

    Too much “verbal diarrhea” South African coaches and sports commentators do not like Nigeria. They feel inferior to Nigeria glorified exploits in sports thus, they speak with so much hatred and bitterness of heart. Nonetheless, we are still their “husbands” and superiors in sports, they cannot change that!