David Notoane taking positives from Bafana's COSAFA Cup exit


Bafana Bafana coach David Notoane is taking the positives from their defeat to Botswana in the COSAFA Cup quarterfinals.

A young Bafana team were beaten by 5-4 on penalties at Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday as the Tigers came back from 2-0 down to force the match to a shootout. They will face Lesotho in the semifinals.

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Notoane still took the positives as he was using the tournament as preparation for the under-23 team and also an opportunity for players to raise their hands for Stuart Baxter's senior side.

"For us it was a matter of majoring our young players against other nations. Yes the result is not what we want and expected from us as Bafana, but the result gives us an indication where we are and it will help us in preparing for senior competition," he said.

"This experience the boys will take to our upcoming games as we have a project of qualifying for the Olympics and hopefully the Africa Cup of Nations. This is a lesson that will hopefully help us going forward."

Notoane also explained his decision to call up Mamelodi Sundowns Keletso Makgalwa, who has not been playing since January, as a replacement for the injured Keagan Dolly.

"Look he's been part of our project in the under-23, we wanted to keep continuity within the squad," he added. "If you look at the players we lost, Dolly and Mahlambi, Makgalwa has a similar style of play with his pace, so we are thinking long term with this squad."