Gordon Igesund says Bafana Bafana can only improve if they play against top sides like Nigeria.
Bafana lost 2-0 to the Super Eagles in the Nelson Mandela Challenge last night, and Igesund believes his team need more patience in front of goal.
“We created a couple of chances but we could not get on to the end of them,” the coach says.
“The difference between the two teams was in the final third. It was a good test for us. We can only improve. We need to play top teams in order to grow.”
Stephen Keshi made three changes at the start of the second half, bringing on Victor Moses, Ahmed Musa and Uche Nwofor, and the trio completely changed the game, with Nwofor bagging a brace.
“I thought we were evenly matched in the first half,” Igesund says. “They have some good players and it was good exercise for us.
“It was not one way traffic. We just did not have the patience in the final third.”
Igesund must now look ahead to Saturday’s match against Burkina Faso at Soccer City, and he hinted that fans may see some new faces for the game.
“It’s a big occasion for us but at the end of the day we need to go out there and win the game,” he says. “We need to give certain players an opportunity to play.”