Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has explained the reason behind the early withdrawal of striker Tshegofatso Mabasa during this afternoon’s victory over Ethiopia.
Bafana came away with a superb 3-1 victory away from home against Ethiopia thanks to goals by Teboho Mokoena, Mothobi Mvala and Evidence Makgopa in their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifier.
Tshegofatso Mabasa was handed a rare start for the national team this afternoon however he was substituted off for Victor Letsoalo after just 35 minutes and Hugo Broos has since opened up about the early change.
Bafana coach opens up on Mabasa substitution
“Yes, and I know it’s a little bit disappointing for Tshegofatso Mabasa, but he had difficulties and and it was for us better that we change that,” Hugo Broos told Bafana Bafana’s media department.
“And I explained him for what, so we trained on it this week, but I don’t think that he really understood what we asked from him, and therefore we have to change him after half an hour.”
Vincent Pule was also named in the Bafana starting lineup but after picking up an injury during the warm-ups, he was replaced by Thabiso Kutumela just minutes before Kick-off.
“It’s always a bad thing that just before kickoff you have to change a player because he’s injured,” the Bafana Bafana coach added.
“And also for the team because everyone is concentrated to get started the game and then suddenly 10 minutes before there’s someone who was injured.
“So I was a little bit afraid but I think that Kutumela did very well and he was also the guy with the 10 others who fight for at the last minute.”
Bafana Bafana are next in action against the same opponents (Ethiopia) at the FNB stadium on Tuesday, 12 October.
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