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Igesund: Put Cape Verde to bed

South Africa lost 2-1 in a poor display on Friday night and will have to improve when the teams meet again on Tuesday evening at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

FILE: South African football coach Gordon Igesund. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gordon Igesund has told EWNSport, Bafana Bafana let themselves down with their performance against Cape Verde.

South Africa lost 2-1 in a poor display on Friday night and will have to improve when the teams meet again on Tuesday evening at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

The former national coach says the top stars didn't pitch on the night: “They looked very nervous, the astroturf wasn't going to do us any favours. There were far too many players that had an off day. There is so much more to expect from players like Zwane, Furman, Zunga, Dolly, Manyama... It was just one of those games where we took the lead and then sat back and them back into the game.”

Igesund says Cape Verde surprised a lot with their performance: “You can't take away from the Cape Verde team. They had a lot of players that impressed. They kept the ball, kept their shape, they kept plugging away and forced us into those schoolboy errors.”

Igesund says Bafana can punish Cape Verde if given the opportunity: “Rantie took his goal very well. Players like Zwane and Dolly are so dynamic, but didn't show that on the night. Hopefully we can put this to bed now, get the three points and put ourselves back into contention.”

Coverage starts at 19:00.