South Africa captain Steven Pienaar says the team is a bit down following the sacking of Pitso Mosimane as coach, but are ready to move on.
Bafana produced a limp display in their opening 2014 World Cup qualifier, drawing 1-1 at home to Ethiopia – a result that saw Mosimane losing his job after going nine games without a win.
Pienaar, who missed a glorious chance late on to secure the three points, said that while the players are a bit dejected, they are ready to pick themselves up ahead of Saturday’s qualifier against Botswana in Gaborone.
“For us as players, we’re a bit down,” Pienaar said at a press conference. “It’s normal in football when you lose a coach. But we have to lift ourselves up mentally and physically again because we know the result in the last game wasn’t good enough.
“There are no easy games in football anymore. We went into the game a bit relaxed. You could see in the first half we didn’t expect them to come out the way they did. In the second half we were aware of them.
“We put them under pressure for the whole second 45 minutes and scored a goal, and we could have scored a few.”
South Africa will need the three points against a Botswana side which lost their opening match 2-0 to Central African Republic.
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