Mokotjo: We have to control the game

Midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo believes Bafana Bafana did not do enough in last week’s World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde in Praia.

The national team were defeated 2-1 after taking an early lead, but will have the chance to redeem themselves on Tuesday when they face the same opponents at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.

A win at home will swing the advantage back in Bafana’s favour, and for that to happen, Mokotjo feels they need to control the game better than they did in Praia.

“I don’t want to comment too much on my own game, but what I think about us as a whole,” Mokotjo was quoted by SowetanLive. “I feel we did not do enough to win the game. We were not composed enough from the beginning to win the game.

“We were composed later on in the game and it’s important to be composed when you play such opponents, because they like the rush of things, and because we have more quality, we should be able to control these games better. So I think that will be the main difference,” he said.

South Africa have enjoyed some good results in Durban in recent years, and Mokotjo says they enjoy the added pressure of expectation.

“We always love playing in front of our home crowd, but you know that’s the pressure of the game and we enjoy it. I mean, we’ve had fantastic results playing in Durban. We always enjoy great support,” said the 26-year-old.

And, with Burkina Faso and Senegal playing to a goalless draw on Saturday, South Africa still have their fate firmly in their own hands.

“The other two teams (in Group D) Burkina Faso and Senegal drew, so there’s hope. We have a chance to again make things right, to get back to our normal selves,” he said.