South African assistant coach Malibongwe Maketa has made it clear that the Proteas need to give their best to finish their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign on a good note. Following a dismal show, the Proteas led by Faf du Plessis have two games to play with.
Earlier, the Proteas had faced a major disappointment following a loss against Pakistan on June 23 at Lord’s. So far, South Africa has managed a solitary win against Afghanistan. In seven matches they could eke out just three points which included a point from their washed out fixture against the Windies.
Regardless of their results, the Proteas will return home post-Manchester game. Maketa admitted that the Proteas have failed to live up to the expectations. He also asserted that they should also be judged for their previous performances show apart from the World Cup debacle.
Coach staff ready to take the blame:
Maketa made it clear that they’re ready to take the blame. He is also optimistic about some good things in their favour.
“We are willing to take responsibility, but hopefully we will be judged on more than what we have done here. A lot of good work was done before. Hopefully, that counts for something,” CSA Digital quoted Maketa, as saying.
The former cricketer Maketa also stressed that South Africa hadn’t played well. He further cited that they’ll face the wrath.
“It’s a bit tough for all of us – we haven’t performed as well as we would have liked and we have to suffer the consequences of that,” Maketa added.
Notably, the former cricketers have also lashed out at the team for their poor performance at the World Cup.
Dejected Maketa stated that they’re playing for a massive fan-base. And, he reiterated they as a team need to give their best shot that why they partook at the ICC World Cup 2019.
South Africa have to give something to cheer up their fans:
He also added there’re a couple of players who bid adieu to the game. With Proteas already letting themselves down had nothing to lose at the business end of the tournament.
“We need to make sure we really finish strong. As much as we’re playing for millions of people back home. We need to make sure we walk away from this World Cup and justify why we’re here. The way we see ourselves representing our country, we want to make sure that we finish off on a high. We’ve got a few players who are finishing after this World Cup,” Maketa said.
Currently, the Proteas are at the ninth spot on the World Cup points table.