Bafana are buffoons

2011-10-15 14:50

A famous quote goes: “The problem with common sense is that it’s not so common.”

Let’s try and apply some common sense.

Bafana Bafana have failed to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals, a tournament that features 16 African countries.

Their next project is to qualify for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil as one of Africa’s five participants.

They don’t have to qualify for the 2013 Afcon as we are the hosts.

Pitso Mosimane is the coach under whose stewardship the team failed to emerge as outright winners of Group G that had Egypt, Niger and Sierra Leone as opponents.

He has a long Afcon history with the team, having been Ted Dumitru’s assistant in 2006 when they failed to score a single goal nor earn a point and was thus humiliatingly bundled out of the event.

Again, he assisted Carlos Parreira when Bafana qualified for the 2008 Afcon by being one of the three best-placed runners-up after losing 3-1 to Zambia in their last home match. Mosimane was still in the same position when the team was knocked out of the first round of the tournament in Ghana.

The man was still “learning the ropes” when Bafana failed to qualify for the 2010 Afcon shindig in Angola and became the first host country to be knocked out of the first round of a World Cup tournament.

With this background, expecting Mosimane to qualify the team as one of five African nations at the World Cup, after having failed to make it as one of 16 at Afcon, is akin to expecting a student who fails matric to pass a university degree with flying colours.

I differ with my good friend, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula when he says we must be “proud” of Bafana.

Support, yes. But we can’t be proud of a bunch of clowns who celebrate a goalless draw against Sierra Leone – at home nogal.

Under normal circumstances, Safa should take punitive measures against the players for failing in their duties.

Sanctions would be appropriate for Itumeleng Khune who wasted time by being “injured”.

He miraculously recovered to lead a victory jig a few minutes later, making a mockery of the ailment that reportedly landed him in a Bloemfontein hospital later.

Following Safa’s shenanigans in challenging CAF on the rules, the players could easily laugh in the bigwigs’ faces for taking the players’ buffoonery a step further.

This brings a sad reality to the saying that while we can all see the writing on the wall, we always think it’s not directed at us.

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