We want results – Komphela

2012-06-11 10:29

There will be no love lost on Friday, according to Bafana Bafana interim coach Steve Komphela, as his side look to end their goal-scoring woes against Gabon in Nelspruit.

The South Africans go into the friendly match fresh off two World Cup qualifying stalemates, against Ethiopia and Botswana, and will be desperate to bag their first win in nine matches.

“International friendlies are supposed to be friendly, but there is no friendliness in these matches,” Komphela said.

“There is pressure with your Fifa rankings that you go in looking to get a result.”

While they would be eager for a morale-boosting victory, however, Komphela said they would need to use the opportunity to experiment with different combinations.

“The other objective that we have to sell to the public is: would you give us an opportunity to try TK [Tokelo Rantie] with [Eleazar] Rodgers, new combinations. It’s a huge challenge,” he said.

“Now the responsibility, especially on international coaches when you approach a friendly, is to sell the idea.

“Also with your employers, the [SA Football Association] must understand that we know it is important to have the rankings because they have a huge impact in terms of confidence.”

It was challenging to find a balance, Komphela said, between winning a game and giving fringe players opportunities.

“[We can’t go in] again with the same formula that has not given us results,” he said.

“I think we will have to try tweak it, but not too much.

“It’s two-fold. The objective is to give people experience and [give them] exposure.

“The other side is not wanting to lose matches, so you have to strike a very good balance.”

South Africa have fallen 21 places in the last 10 months, to 68th position in the Fifa World Rankings. They have not won a game since defeating Burkina Faso 3-0 in Johannesburg in August.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.