Lack of experience killed us – Jali
Bafana Bafana midfielder Andile Jali believes their first round exit in the 2015 CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Equatorial Guinea was due to lack experience.
The KV Oostende man,was reacting after the national side bowed out of the continental showpiece and bemoaned the lack of that killer punch as they were the first to score in all their three matches, against Algeria, Senegal and Ghana.
The ex-Orlando Pirates player said the failure to hold on to their leads was detrimental in their quest to move beyond the group stages.
“Experience counts. We are scoring beautiful goals and after that we sit back, allowing them to come back and equalise, which puts us under pressure,” said Jali.
“We’ve now learnt that when you score first you should not defend so deep. It happened several times.
“In a tournament like this, you should never sit back after scoring first. I think the lack of experience led to us sitting back a lot of the time to try and protect the goal.”
However, the Matatiele-born player is upbeat that Bafana are moving in the right direction, but called for patience from their supporters as they look to forge a team capable of competing on the continent.
“They (the fans) can’t react (in anger) after a tournament like this. It was the first time here for most of us,” added the man known as Mxhosa.
“I think they must bear with us because we worked hard to get here. They must support us to go forward because if they kill our confidence we can’t bounce back.
“But their support means we can maybe bounce back in another tournament.”