By Modumo Mokonoto
Former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brian Baloyi, who is now Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach, says he is pleased with the drastic improvement Bafana Bafana is making. The squad recently were unable to see the back of the net and defend their cosafa cup title following a 1-0 defeat by Tanzania in the cosafa Cup quarter finals.
Baloyi added that despite Bafana no wining the Cosafa cup title, at least a win in the Cosafa cup plate would do the team good.
“It was just unfortunate that they couldn’t go all the way to defend the Cosafa Cup title. But what impressed me the most is that they were able to pick themselves up and produce a stunning 2-0 result against Botswana in the plate semis. They played with more confidence on the ball in that match, said Baloyi.
“In the next match, it will depend on whether the coach wants to make changes or not, but I would suggest that he doesn’t. The previous group of players he introduced in that semi-final played more as a unit. He had made seven changes in that squad and they ended up winning that encounter, Baloyi explain.
Baloyi further stated that playing against Namibia in the final will be tough for Bafana Bafana as the team also wants a win, but he wishes the boys all the luck for the match.
Meanwhile, for the encounter – Bafana will be without attacking central midfielder Cole Alexander, he is due to be featured in the first eleven of Supersport United for the CAF confederation Cup fixture against CF Mounana in Atteridgeville on Saturday(kick-off 3.30pm).
With Alexander being absent, the coach is likely to field in Benfica Midfielder Thabo Cele in the first eleven, following an impression he made on Tuesday when bafana played against Botswana.