Bafana need consistency

2011-08-13 18:24

And now for ­consistency.

That is all one can ask for after Wednesday night’s dazzling performance by Bafana Bafana against the Stallions of Burkina Faso.

And strangely enough, no one is calling for the name to be changed to some sort of ­animal now.

It was one of those ­showings that make one proud to be South ­African.

Awe-inspiring! Maybe that’s ­being a bit lavish but it was good enough to convince that Pitso Mosimane is on the right track.

The moving of the ball around was quite impressive and for once one oozed confidence from the first whistle that victory was ­guaranteed.

This is not akin to the same ­scenario that often unfolds whenever our beloved Bafana play.

One of Orlando Pirates development coach Augusto ­Palacios’ classic statements was: “South African soccer ... very strange. Club wins ... player very good but club lose, coach must go.”

In this case I think ­Mosimane deserves some ­accolades.

Watching the midweek game one could easily see what the plan was and that the coach has stamped his authority on the team.

“Jingles” and his players now seem to be on the same wavelength and have adapted to the pattern of play.

Mind you, this is the same Pitso who laid the foundation at SuperSport United on which Gavin Hunt built to go on to win three ­successive league titles.

Kudos must also go to the South African Football Association (Safa) for sticking to its guns and appointing Mosimane as head coach after being an ­understudy to Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira.

One is proud to see that South Africa is now one of those African countries that has trust in one of their own rather than fetching ­exorbitantly priced foreigners whose egos are sometimes as high as their salaries.

All one can beg for now is CONSISTENCY.

Consistency in the performances by the players who must not assume they have arrived.

Consistency in selecting opposition for international friendly matches by the ­Safa bigwigs and Mosimane.

It’s no use playing countries that are ranked below 100 when you are on your way up.

Oh! Did I mention that ­before Wednesday’s match I was watching a flick titled Flawless.

I was not disappointed after switching over to the game – leaving the movie halfway through – as I witnessed a “flawless” display by our boys.

Keep it up, boys!
 
– smseleku@citypress.co.za 

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