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Komphela says under-fire Baxter needs more time

Steve Komphela (Gallo Image)
Steve Komphela (Gallo Image)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has defended Stuart Baxter following Bafana Bafana's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, saying the Englishman needs more time.

South Africa crashed out of contention after losing four of their six qualifiers which included two back-to-back defeats against Cape Verde and Senegal.

However, Komphela feels that criticism of Baxter is unfair and that he must be given time to get his methods across to the players.

Speaking to PowerFM, he said: "I strongly believe you can't point a finger at one person. And my take on it is not going to be technical or tactical‚ or whatever.

"It's just pure planning. And conviction to the plan. I don't know whether we are aware‚ as a society‚ that football is a reflection of how we think and how we go about business.

"Are we patient enough as a nation‚ in anything? You sit down‚ you think. After thinking you draw a plan. After planning you prepare. After preparation you start participating.

"And in-between‚ up until you start participating‚ there are going to be some setbacks and shortfalls. You review‚ reflect and consolidate.

"Move on. Then do it again‚ up until you reach your final destination. But we South Africans are different. Our thinking is that: bring a plan‚ let's make it a four or five-year plan‚ or 10.

"The first six months in‚ you immediately think‚ 'No‚ no‚ I must have achieved my objections'. Very impatient. I think it's high time that we stopped looking at Bafana Bafana but address ourselves as a nation‚ as a society. How much patience we have in everything."

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