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Bafana Bafana coach under fire after loss to Zambia

RUSTENBURG – South Africa coach Molefi Ntseki was slammed by supporters on social media after a 2-1 home loss to Zambia on Sunday in an international friendly.

He was accused of being “tactically bankrupt”, “clueless and directionless” and “lacking a strategy” in tweets when the home side conceded two late goals in Rustenburg.

Former national under-17 coach Ntseki was a shock appointment when England-born Stuart Baxter quit last year.

Ntseki had never played for, nor coached, a professional team.

All the goals came from substitutes with Keagan Dolly putting the hosts ahead on 66 minutes behind closed doors due the coronavirus pandemic.

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It was the second poor performance within four days by South Africa after they failed to protect a lead in a 1-1 draw with Namibia at the same ground.

While better results were expected against lower-ranked opponents, it was the lack of South African fighting spirit that angered supporters.

Ntseki blamed the loss on a first-minute injury to Lyle Foster, which forced the Portugal-based forward to go off.

“The injury messed up our plan and our rhythm. We gave the ball away too cheaply and conceded a lot of corners,” he said.

“We were better in the second half but I detected a lack of confidence and belief among some of my players.”

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