Five take-aways from Bafana Bafana v Morocco

The Bafana were NOT unlucky

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Both Hugo Broos and Lyle Foster pointed to bad luck as a factor in Bafana’s 2-1 defeat to Morocco in Rabat. And it is true that the winner of the Atlas Lions arrived within minutes of the end. But let’s be clear. Aside from the fact that they had dropped to ten men when Morocco scored, Bafana was not unlucky, in fact they would have been at the end of a hammering had it not been for captain Ronwen Williams’ brilliance at goal. Morocco had 29 shots to Bafana’s five, with South Africa’s only shot on goal coming from Lyle Foster’s opening. Even when the gap in quality is so obvious, Bafana has to find a way to bet more, or he will continue to rely too much on his goalkeeper.

Sithole looks promising but Amrabat is pure silk

Sphephelo ‘Yaya’ Sithole made a good debut for Bafana in midfield, picking Foster with a sublime pass for the first goal. The 23-year-old Belenenses midfielder was also always combative, so much so that an injury forced him to leave the pitch when Morocco found the winner. The best midfielder in the park, meanwhile, at some distance, was the Moroccan maestro Soufiane Amrabat. The Fiorentina man dictated the game like a conductor, all delicate touches and skillful passing, as well as apparently having a sixth sense for where the ball would land in interrupted play.

Percy Tau still doesn’t look up to it

Percy Tau ended the season well with Al Ahly, although he didn’t shine in the final of the Caf Champions League, but the former Mamelodi Sundowns man still looks like the shadow of the player who lit up the Sundowns stage, Club Brugge and Anderlecht, as well as Bafana Bafana. He seemed to be a meter off the pace against Morrocco, having been caught in possession or unable to catch the ball, committing fouls on Morrocco defenders instead. At 28, Tau should be in the prime of his career, and not in decline.

Ronwen Williams has certainly silenced his critics

Bafana Bafana captain Ronwen Williams also impressed after his 5-0 defeat to France in a friendly in late March, and was once again his country’s best player in the defeat to Morocco on Thursday. Without ‘Ronza’ between the posts, who knows how many goals Bafana would have scored against Les Bleus and Atlas Lions. He has certainly saved his country from embarrassment against Morocco, keeping it almost alone out in the first assist in Rabat, with brilliant saves by Youssef En-Nesyri and Ashraf Hakimi. There was little he could do for Morocco’s two goals and he was entitled to expect a little more help from his defenders.

The PSL is far from European football

Given the money at stake, the Premier Soccer League will always be far behind the quality of football in the top European leagues, but it’s still scary to watch, when you see a Bafana team made up mostly of local players going up against a Moroccan team made up almost entirely. by European players. Mamelodi Sundowns’ Lyle Lakay was named DStv Premiership Defender of the Season, but was torn apart by Paris St Germain’s Ashraf Hakimi, who crossed the space highway Lakay left behind him, lashing out a dangerous cross afterwards a dangerous cross. Unless we manage to bring more South African players to Europe, Bafana will continue to lag behind on the continental scene.

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