Notoane Disappointed But Not Disheartened
National under-23 coach David Notoane says that while he was disappointed in the 2-0 loss to Egypt on Thursday, he says they can learn from this game and improve.
The two teams will meet again on Sunday.
Notoane says the Egyptians were in a better condition, but he says that his team still had moments.
He was however disappointed in the way the team conceded as it was an area they had worked on.
“The game against Egypt was difficult as we expected it to be,” Notoane said after the game.
“From a physical condition, we were a little bit behind them, they were faster, quicker, stronger. But we started well, dominated the game in possession, created chances, never took them.
“And then after about 20 minutes, of course, then they started dominating the midfield with the two boys in midfield having been off for a week or two, it started to show, you know.
“Then we conceded two bad goals, really, from situations that we have analyzed which I’m not happy about, and situations that we trying to work on, in terms of our defensive tightness.
“But overall, one takes a lot out of the game, looking at our foreign based players, how they applied themselves, the quality they brought in to the team, you know, we worked a lot on our build up play at this stage, and trying to work on progression of our play into the attack.
“So we need to still, then work on our finishing still a concern that we create chances, and we are not converting them. So overall, good information to take out of this game.”
The South African team is using these friendly matches in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.