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By unknown | Jun 17, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Bafana Bafana face the possible danger of yet another embarrassing moment - failure to qualify for the MTN 2010 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Angola.

This was after their depressing 1-0 defeat to minnows Sierra Leone during the 2010 World Cup/Afcon qualifier at Brookfields National Stadium in Freetown on Saturday night.

For Sierra Leone, who are ranked 163 by Fifa, it was their first goal and win in the qualifiers after losing 2-0 and 1-0 to Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria.

Mohammed Kallon scored the only goal of the match from a penalty in the 22nd minute after Bryce Moon had fouled Samuel Barlay.

It was the goal-shy 68th ranked South Africa's second successive away defeat after Nigeria beat them 2-0 in Abuja three weeks ago.

Pitso Mosimane, Bafana Bafana's joint assistant coach, put the blame for their defeat on the team's failure to convert their chances.

"We did not deserve to lose the match. In fact, we should have wrapped it up as early as the first half where we squandered two clear opportunities," Mosimane said.

"There is no doubt that failure to convert the chances created is a cause for concern for many South Africans.

"Unlike in the first half, we were more passionate in the second despite the fact that the pitch was slippery (it rained an hour before kick-off) and heavy.

"Sierra Leone looked comfortable on it because they are used to playing there. It's not the end of the world, we still have a chance of going to Angola.

"We have to win the three remaining games (against Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea. In fact, we will go to Angola with more points than we did in Ghana.

"In Ghana, we qualified with 11 points, but we will get 12 points after winning the remaining three games.

"All the remaining games are must-wins for us," said Mosimane, who has promised a different approach in their next game against the same Sierra Leone at Super Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday.

"We have been playing very well there (at Super Stadium). Saturday should be no exception. The most important thing will be to get the goals."

Coach Joel Santana is expected to go for a more attacking approach.

Captain Aaron "Mbazo" Mokoena, who did not play in Freetown due to injury, should be back to bolster the defence this Saturday.


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