“If Gambia beat Cameroon”, “If Cameroon draw” “If Bafana thrash Mauritana” story of our lives as Bafana Bafana fans, always living in hope that someone will do the job on our behalf. It has become a tradition for us and a tradition that many football fans can no longer accept. A major shake up is needed if Bafana are to progress and that shake up is not only required within the team, but the entire body associated with Bafana Bafana.
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The recent scandals have exposed the entire body as a whole. SAFA needs to cleanse itself from external influences. Businessmen and politicians have no right to be involved in football administration, and the sooner we get rid of them the better.
The stronghold which Kaizer Motaung and Irvin Khoza have on the body must also be broken. The two should rather focus on the detoriating form of their teams which are influential to the success of Bafana Bafana. The less said about Mato Madala the better. For her to have so much power in SAFA and being owner of a club which has become a yoyo team between PSL and Mvela is rather shocking. Finally, the sooner someone tells Danny Jordaan to decide whether he is a politician or a football administrator, the better for South African football.
Shakes Must Go
The reason why SAFA needs to be cleansed. Gordon Igesund, arguably the best local coach, who has achieved major success across all teams he has coached, was given an ultimatum of reaching the semi-finals with a cut and paste Bafana Bafana team. It was always going to be a daunting task and one could not help but feel sorry for him.
Now we are stuck with a coach who has failed to build any form of identity for our national team. For someone who has led our junior national teams to success, Mashaba has failed as Bafana coach. He has failed to walk the talk. A first round exit at the recent AFCON and failure to qualify for the next edition is a clear indication we have taken two steps forward and three steps backwards. Failure to replace Shakes will just further justify rumours that he is an externaly influenced appointment.
Who is Next?
A further indication that people making football decisions at SAFA are not of football ethnic culture. Roger De Sa,Gavin Hunt and Mushin Ertugral have all proved that they have the ability to intergrate youth and experience and continue winning. Hunt has given debuts to numerous teenagers with the most recent being the young Phakamisa Mahlambi.
Roger De Sa is doing the same at Ajax and introduced us to the likes of Masalesa and Phungwayo. He reached 5 finals at Pirates and recently defeated Chiefs in the MTN8 Final with a young Ajax team.
The National Team
A fairly young team, which has the talent but not identity. Mashaba has no consistent line up, and when he does it consists of players who are not even regulars at their teams. First it was Ndulula, now Rantie and Gabuza. All these strikers have failed to prove their worth of being our leading strikers. Prince Nxumalo, top goalscorer for Ajax and Lars Veldwijk who has been banging goals in the Dutch league have failed to gather any game time under Mashaba. Instead he recycles strikers who have not proved themselves.
But what is shocking is that Mashaba has failed to create a path for any of the U23 that recently qualified for the Olympics. Keegan Dolly,Ntshangase,Menzi Masuku,Ntshangase (Leopards) Mobara, all these players are regulars at their respective clubs and have brought major success to the U23,instead of building around them,Mashaba is building without them.
South African football is at the brink of collapse. Not because it does not have the talent. But because it does not have the personnel. Once we get the personnel we will see our football heading in the required direction. Germany had a major shake up after the EURO 2004 failure, a shake up which has turned them into football power house. Bafana need to do the same. The sooner it is done, the earlier success will come.
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