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Mashaba: Bafana should've done better

The coach says the kind of goals conceded is not acceptable at this level of football.

Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba says the kind of goals conceded is not acceptable at this level of football. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba says his side shouldn't have conceded the types of goals they did especially in a tournament as big as the African Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Bafana lost 3-1 to Africa's top ranked side Algeria in their opening match of the competition despite dominating for the better part of the match.

Thuso Phala opened the scoring in the second half and it could have been 2-0 if it were not for the missed penalty by Tokelo Rantie.

An own goal from Thulani Hlatshwayo as well as goals from Algerians Faozi Ghoulam and Islam Slimani sealed the victory for the Desert Warriors.

Mashaba says the kind of goals conceded is not acceptable at this level of football.

"The first was an own goal! The goalkeeper and his defence lacked communication. In the second goal, we allowed them to stretch us and they came down the middle and scored."

Mashaba says losing Rivaldo Coetzee in the first half was a massive blow to the team.

"Without him in central midfield, Algeria were playing long balls behind us and that killed us. Losing him cost us a lot."

Skipper Dean Furman credited Algeria's change of tactics to their win.

"When they changed their formation to 4-4-2, it went better for them."

With regards to the missed penalty, Furman said Rantie is the right man for the job.

"These things happen. Rantie is confident and we also have confidence in him. He aimed for the top corner and it hit the bar. Next time, He will again come forward to take a penalty because that's the type of player he is."

1996 Afcon winning coach Clive Barker believes that Bafana can bounce back against Senegal on Friday.

"We have to be composed and play a consistent game and I'm sure we'll come back"