Dismantle Bafana Bafana

2014-03-09 14:01

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Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula has picked Andile Jali (23), Bongani Zungu (21), Ayanda Patosi (21) and Dean Furman (25) as players around whom a new Bafana Bafana team must be built.

Following Bafana’s embarrassing 0-5 drubbing by Brazil this week, Mbalula said South Africa must follow the South American country’s example.

Brazil went through a rebuilding process after their dismal performance at the 2010 World Cup, discarding some big names including Kaká and Robinho.

Mbalula thinks Bafana should follow the same approach.

“The Bafana Bafana team must be dismantled and refurbished around the young players I have mentioned,” he said.

“Some players have overstayed their welcome in the national team.”

He said some players have been in the Bafana setup for a long time despite achieving nothing, and they must be discarded.

He said coach Gordon Igesund should have followed Brazil’s example a long time ago.

“This is where Gordon lost it,” he said. “He came with the same attitude and started to look for stars throughout the world, leaving boys who are talented here. He must stop selecting players on the basis of which teams they play for and which agent they belong to. We are going nowhere with that attitude.”

SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan agrees. “If anything should be learnt from the game, it is a lack of progression.

What we got out of this game against Brazil is analysis and deep reflection for our football to ask why did we follow this path and what are the issues.

“We had the same coach and more or less the same players losing 0-5 now, who also lost 1-0 [in São Paulo in 2012].”

He said there was a need for the reconstruction and redevelopment of South African football.

.?Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma’s office announced on Friday he has decided not to appoint a commission of inquiry to investigate alleged match-fixing in relation to Bafana Bafana’s pre-2010 World Cup international friendly matches.

Part of the statement reads: “Fifa has advised the president that there is currently a pending preliminary investigation on the same matter by Fifa.”

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