Zungu praises Bafana’s ‘solid’ defence

Bongani Zungu has hailed the performance of the Bafana back-four, saying that they provided the platform on which the side built their famous win over Nigeria.

The 24-year old midfielder says that his side went for the win as soon as they sensed that the Super Eagles were getting frustrated with not being able to open up the South African defence.

“We were up against a good team, Nigeria has some quality stars but we played to instructions, communicated with each other and the outcome was there for all to see,” Zungu said, referring to the likes of Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho who all  ply their trade in the English Premier League.

“We were compact in the opening 20 minutes but once we realised we can open them up, we went for the jugular and boy…”

“I think in the end, the team need to be complimented for remaining level-headed especially in the opening minutes of the first half when they tried to put numbers upfront searching for that opening goal.

“And when Itu [Itumeleng Khune] released Percy Tau for the killer second goal, it was all over and could have scored a glut of goals thereafter.

“But all in all, this was a fantastic win for the team,” Zungu added.

On the topic of Bafana’s defensive effort, the midfielder was full of praise for Erick Mathoho, Tebogo Langerman, Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Thulani Hlatshwayo, who he felt provided the foundation for the result. 

“They were disciplined and outstanding. That is what wins your away games; a solid defence especially in the opening minutes. Our guys never gave anything away.

“But Keagan Dolly and Dean [Furman] also helped mop up the defence when they needed numbers,” he added, referring to the Bafana central midfielders.