South Africa’s national football team was pounded by the French squad in the club friendlies as they lost in a 5-0 clean sheet. Bafana Bafana stood no chance against the French stars as they hounded their goal from start to finish. With this, Bafana has to recover from the tough loss.
No one can deny the fact that France is one of the football powerhouses in the world. The team is one of the juggernauts in Europe and proved that they can go up against any club in the world by beating South Africa in a 5-0 sweep without breaking a sweat.
Most crypto betting sites had their odds in favour of France, and it went as expected. That shows how much success the team had to keep a hot pace en route to the bigger tournaments of the sport. Bafana Bafana, on the other hand, is left to pick up the slack and recover from the loss.
The team now hopes to come back strong from their rout. There are many issues to address for the squad, and it will take some time for them to find a way to get back to their groove and start winning games once more.
Bafana was outgunned for the whole game
Bafana did not stand a chance at all. Right from the opening minute, France kept hounding the club and failed to find a way to stop them from attacking. Traps, defensive lines and other ways to counter the French offensive failed to work.
France had four scorers in the game, with Kylian Mbappe striking up a brace to lead the way. The home team had a total of 27 shots and 16 of those nearly went in. They held the ball for 62% of the game while also making a total of 695 passes on 91% accuracy.
Bafana, on the other hand, only had three shots and only one of those almost made it to the bottom of the net. The team was held to just 38% of the ball and their passing lanes were disrupted—only making 439 passes on 80% accuracy.
Khuliso Mudau was called for a red card in the 84th minute after a frustrating play. Bafana did not have any answer to France’s firing guns, and the team failed to land a goal on the opposing net. That has been the frustrating part of the game for the club.
Bafana hopes to improve their games
Bafana’s poor performance showed how much they lacked teamwork and chemistry as a whole. The team was also hardly able to make at least three or more passes at a time since their speed and movement off the ball was just too far from each other to create space.
A lot of coaches said that it is the lack of technical skills that the team needs to improve on. Most players who play in South Africa’s top-flight are good in the domestic games but fail to fare well against foreign teams as former Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer says.
‘There are things you can teach your players as a senior head coach and there are things that a player should have learned from a young age which is difficult to teach when he is already old’, Zinnbauer said. ‘Especially the defenders — even a 17-year-old European defender can do much better than some 30-year-old PSL defenders’.
South Africa needs to learn to step up in its games and somehow continue a bigger fight against foreign teams. Even if it is just a friendly game, players still need to show that they are keen to win at all costs.
Bafana needs to take pride as a team
The value of humiliation against France is going to play a huge role in inspiring the team to step up in their game sooner or later. Bafana is set to start its campaign this June with the hopes of qualifying for the 2023 AFCON in Ivory Coast, where the team is one of the lowly underdogs in crypto betting.
It means a lot of pressure for the team to keep on winning games and come back stronger than ever. After all, they deserve to get a big break and prove their worth as one of the best teams in Africa.