Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has praised the attitude of his players and says the national team has created a new identity after back-to-back wins over Sao Tome e Principe in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Bafana laboured to 2-0 and 4-2 victories over the minnows, but Ntseki says there were extenuating circumstances, which included late squad withdrawals, difficult travel from overseas clubs and little preparation time.
“We should say thanks to the players to have responded so positively,” Ntseki says. “Despite all the challenges that we had, such as having eight of them withdrawing from the team with various medical problems.
“But those who came in did so with the right attitude, and as the technical team and medical team, we are very happy with the relationship that we have established with the squad in the 10 days [we have been in camp].”
Ntseki also believes that Bafana is start to build an identity they can call their own and start to foster.
“Players come from different clubs with different philosophies on style of play, but after these two matches I am happy to say we have an identity. We played good football.”
South Africa now likely need just a point from their remaining two qualifiers, home to Ghana and away in Sudan, which will both be played in March, to reach the finals tournament in Cameroon in early 2022.
Percy Tau and Themba Zwane both scored braces as they rallied late on to defeat Sao Tome in Port Elizabeth on Monday.