South Africa are out the Africa Cup of Nations after losing their final group game against Ghana 2-1. For much of the match, they were in control, but as has been the case for the whole tournament, they threw away their chances. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks five lessons from the failed campaign.
The fat lady has sung and South Africa has been knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations. Shakes Mashaba has gone from the man who can’t be beaten to the man who can’t beat anybody. Bafana Bafana needed to beat Ghana in their final group game on Tuesday night and then hope for results elsewhere to go their way.
While the latter happened, the first was a bridge too far. They came up second best against a Black Stars team who, for the largest part of the match, nonetheless looked completely apathetic.
It took Ghana just half an hour to get the better of South Africa. Bafana started well and, once again, took an early lead. Once again, though, they threw that lead away. They leave the tournament without a single win and far too many “if onlys”. If only Rantie had scored that penalty in the first …
Source : Daily Maverick