Fed up with Bafana Bafana's rubbish

2013-01-22 20:19

Where does one begin with Bafana Bafana?

For how longer must we watch them dish up rubbish performance after rubbish performance? I’ve had it. Millions of football fans around the country have had it.

But, have SAFA had it?

SAFA have not had it. Why? They can’t seem to put a finger on what is wrong with the national football team. They’re too busy fighting for positions instead of fixing the game that puts food – and a lot of it at that – on their tables.

If dirty water is coming out of your tap, you do not simply replace the faucet.

You go in deep to the root of the problem.

Every time the national team seems to be on a bad run of results, SAFA sack the coach. A new coach comes in and inherits the same players. That coach starts going through a bad patch and he too gets the sack. It’s a vicious circle of faucets being replaced for putting out dirty water.

I for one do not believe that the problem is with the coaches. The problem, I believe, lies in development.

We have all this great raw talent running around the country that is never harnessed and turned into world beaters. If we had coaches who focused on the correct things while a player was growing up, I believe would be right up there with the likes of Brazil and Argentina. No doubt about that.

The evidence is in the fact that our age group teams always do well when playing against their peers from European and South American countries. In 1998, we all read about the under 14 team that won the Danone World Championships. We also watched an under 13 team lose to Russia in the final of another global competition sometime in the noughties.

If these players were looked after properly, Bafana Bafana would be one of the world’s top football nations.

Take a look at the PSL. You will find professional footballers who need coaching. You’ll find professional footballers who can’t trap or pass a ball. You’ll find professional footballers who can’t shoot or finish. The sad state of our game was on show for all to see on Saturday when we failed to score a single goal against Cape Verde despite dominating.

Our football is in a sad state, and SAFA are not looking at the long term future. They want the team to make the semi finals of a tournament we only qualified for by virtue of being the hosts. They want the team to qualify for the World Cup next year. Earth to SAFA, the last time we actually qualified for a tournament was in 2008.

We have made it to three tournaments since then, and all three was because we were the hosts.

Come on SAFA, it’s time to wake up.

Here’s my suggestion: Forget about qualifying for Brazil. We’re not looking good. Forget also about Morocco 2015. What we should do now is identify kids that seem to have a big future. Kids that have it all. Let’s take these kids and mould them into a unit and focus on qualifying for Russia 2018. It’s time to look to the future.

Take a look at Belgium. The last time they qualified for a major tournament was in 2002 when they made the second round of the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan. If you look at their young side now, with the exciting talents such as Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois, you can say that they will be a major force come Russia 2018.

SAFA should do the same thing and build a team for the future. And, we can start now.

Oh, and please don't fire Gordon Igesund. This here is a man with an idea.

Oh, and last week I tweeted that Bafana Bafana would not make the second round of the Africa Cup of Nations. I hope they prove me wrong.

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