Fikile Mbalula hits out at Bafana’s ‘bunch of losers’

2014-01-20 14:48

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Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula says South African football is in a serious crisis.

Mbalula was echoing the disappointment of the nation as the country is still mourning Bafana Bafana’s exit from the African Nations Championship (Chan) yesterday. The minister was spitting fire today, saying there was a need for a change.

“We indeed have a crisis of monumental proportions and this tournament has proved that. The mediocrity we saw yesterday is disgraceful. Last night, we saw a bunch of losers who conceded two useless goals. We must never wake up to this situation ever again,” said Mbalula.

But Mbalula refused to point fingers at coach Gordon Igesund. He said there was a need for a holistic review of South African football and not just Bafana.

“Let’s not jump at one man. Safa must look at this thoroughly. Gordon is not the only problem in the team. If we are united, Danny [Jordaan] would not have spent sleepless nights negotiating for the release of players. We should have fielded our best team for the tournament, not a mediocre team.”

A vintage Mbalula took a swipe at Bafana players calling them “a useless bunch of losers” who have “disgraced the country”.

Mbalula said it was beyond his comprehension how the players could not perform at their level best against Nigeria.

He said even Madiba Magic would not have helped them.

“Some of the players think it is their right to be in the Bafana team, some have been there but never won anything. We must forget this generation of players.

“They don’t respect their parents, their girlfriends and the nation. There is a need for a new generation of players as the current crop doesn’t respect the country. Brazil did it when they got rid of players like Kaka, so why can’t we? They must make way [for others].”

He did not spare goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs any mercy either saying he should be ashamed of himself after gifting Nigeria two goals.

“I love Moeneeb but I don’t know what was going on in his head. He was playing in Cape Town in front of his home supporters and I’m sure even his family was there, but what he did was unthinkable. “I could have saved some of the goals he let in. He reminded me of that player we got from France, Pierre Issa, who scored two own goals,” said Mbabula.

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