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Bafana Stand In Coach Proud Of Challenging Win

Morena Ramoreboli, who had to stand in as Bafana Bafana coach at the Cosafa Cup says he is proud of their 1-0 win over Botswana, considering all the challenges they’ve faced.

The former Maluti FET and Royal Eagles coach, was meant to be assisting Helman Mkhalele for this tournament, but Mkhalele and goalkeeper coach Lucky Shiburi had to isolate after covid-19 tests on Monday.

New Bafana coach Hugo Broos and his first assistant Cedomir Janevski are in Europe, but were never going to be part of the Cosafa tournament, but will take over for the World Cup qualifiers later this year.

Ramoreboli says that while it was a tough game, he was pleased with how Bafana fought for the win.

“Credit to the boys. I think it was important for them to win this match,” Ramoreboli said to SAFA media. 

“It was not easy. You know, we never had good, I can say, smooth preparation. But I think they were willing to go out there, die, fight for the country. And I think they did exactly that. 

“And I think Coach Helman has done a great job, with how we prepared the team. And it was easy for me as well to adapt to how he wanted us to play, because, obviously, we’ve been doing things together. 

“And I think everybody’s happy in the camp, the boys are happy after such a great performance.”

Unfortunately the coach only had fourteen players to select from, with just three substitutes on the bench. He said this effected how they and when they made changes.

“I think I think we’ll grow within the tournament, or I can say we have a chance of being better as the tournament goes on. Because we we never had enough players on the bench, due to a lot of reasons,” Ramoreboli said.

“But I believe that into the next match, we might have a better bench as well, which can give us more options, because if you can check this match, it was difficult for us to make early substitutions or to rush in making substitutions. 

“And instead of making a substitution, we had firstly to try and coach where is the problem, how is the problem, who is the problem, and I think all those aspects, we had to be very patient and I think also the boys try their best to to adapt to all the conditions and the demands of the game.”

With all the challenges they have faced, Ramoreboli says the mood is good after the win.

“Hey, the boys are so happy, they are so excited,” the coach continued. 

“I think they are proud of themselves, because they needed to win the match. They did everything to make sure that they win the match. 

“And I think it also gives them hope, you know always when we say we can win the tournament, it’s difficult before you start the first match. And after winning a match it gives them hope to say if we can continue working hard, we can win. 

“So we just hope that they will be consistent and they will fight, and making sure that they get positive results going forward.”