Parreira blames long ball and early goal

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Bafana Bafana, like they did against Zambia in September, made high school errors at the back and they were punished by the rampant Tunisians.

The first goal was as a result of poor defending as striker, Dos Santos was allowed to have a free header from close range.

The second goal was as a result of lack of concentration at the back as the defence allowed Dos Santos to have a shot at goal that came off the cross bar to be finished by the creator of the first goal, Chaouki Ben Saada.

Three minutes later, Nasief Morris made a horrendous back pass that was intercepted by Dos Santos who rounded helpless, Moeneeb Joseph before coolly putting the ball in the back of the net.

In a post match interview Carlos Alberto Parreira blamed the defeat to the early goal conceded by Bafana Bafana.

“I must say Tunisia are a quality side and I said this before but I think we lost this game due to the early goal that we conceded. We also played long balls that suited the opposition style. It was in the second half that we started to play our normal game knocking the ball around. There was also a lot of movement off the ball. That is when the goal came but it was too late” says a visibly disappointed Parreira.

The coach also defended his decision not to start with Elrio Van Heerden who had a superb game against Angola Wednesday when he came on as a substitute. The FC Brugge midfielder capped his performance on the night by scoring a scorcher a goal that earned Bafana Bafana a deserved draw.

“I do not think that is a point. I think the team that started did well but it was an early goal that cost us the game. The players that started were rewarded after they played their heart out on Wednesday. We also played for the first time with two strikers something that was new forthe players. Fanteni was not bad but we needed fresh leg,” he adds.

Bafana Bafana will now have to beat Senegal convincingly to proceed to the next round. The two wounded giants meet in Kumasi in the last round of Group D games on Thursday.