Bafana Bafana midfielder Dean Furman says the team is hurting after their embarassing 3-1 loss to Mauritania in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
In a dismal display, Mauritania embarrass 10-man Bafana #AFCON2017 in Nouakchott on Saturday, with debutant Siyabonga Zulu getting sent off at the Olympic Stadium.
Orlando Pirates striker Thamsanqa Gabuza netted for the visitors, who drew 0-0 with Gambia at home in their first qualifier in June.
Cameroon top Group M with six points from two matches – three more points than Mauritania, and five ahead of Gambia and bottom-placed South Africa.
Shakes Mashaba’s men next host Senegal in the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday.
“We are very disappointed, the game did not go according to plan,” Furman said.
“We found ourselves a goal down very early on and wanted to weather the storm. I felt we controlled the game but we were sloppy with the ball, tried to break down a team that had all the players seating behind the ball waiting for a counter attack. Our ball retention and use of the ball had to be far better than what we displayed on the day.
“Credit must also go to Mauritania, they played well managing to catch us on the counter attack with their second and third goals and the sending off which turned the game into their favour even more. We are highly disappointed with the result and it is important for us to put it right as soon as possible.”
The SuperSport United man added: “It hurts to have to lose like that but we know the performance wasn’t good enough and that is why there were a lot of disheartened players at the end of the game but we are a team. We are together in the good times and we stick together in the hard times but we will grow and also learn from this.”
Furman is well aware Bafana need to shine in their remaining four pool games if they are to have a chance of competing in the finals in Gabon in 2017.
“They are massive, we have to be at our best to do well in the remaining matches if we want to be at the next AFCON tournament. In any case we have to be competing in the top tournaments and that starts now.
“We can’t look back because we know what position we are in, we know we only left with four games and we also know with the right results we can still qualify. So it is important for us to learn from what happened today and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”