The SASoccer365 readers give their views on the latest Bafana Bafana squad, Shaun Bartlett's desire to play at another World Cup, what is missing from South African soccer and more...
'He looked like someone on the wrong train'
Hi Editor and Readers
I am confused guys, please help me.
What is the significance of the match between Bafana and Australia?
Styles is definitely not going to be the new coach, so what "style" will our new look Bafana benefit from this?
This is the same coach who failed dismally in the AFCON and now he is given a chance to confuse the players with his "style" of football that ended up confusing himself in the AFCON.
I remember vividly when Bafana were two nil up against Benin, the look on his face was just like someone who was in a wrong train (He was so puzzled).
As for the match against Nigeria, how did play he with an injured goalkeeper is still a mystery. He should have substituted far earlier and the score could have been different.
Styles is "styles" by name but there are no "styles" in the way he trains our players. Once again our beloved SAFA administrators are letting us down.
How many more years must we wait to see good football in our national team? Do we have to wait and say one day sanity will prevail? Oh no!! I do not think so.
My opinion is that he should not be even an assistant coach.
'Don't play for our nation to revive your careers'
I have a problem with the Shaun Bartletts of this world. When their careers peaked, they forsake Bafana.
Now that they are bound to the scrapheap, we should welcome them as prodigal sons.
Now we have to go with the 30something, old and finished players to the World Cup. As long as we keep on worshipping the so-called European based players, whom we have made what they are, we will not go beyond any world cup stage.
They don't want to play with their African counterparts, but are quick to jump the ship when the world cup finals are mentioned.
As for me, those who had retire, keep on. It was your choice. Don't play for our nation to revive your careers. Its not worth it for us.
Ajax's organization not up to scratch
I was really disappointed with the way Ajax handled the ticket problem. it was very bad to see thousands of people waiting to buy tickets in only two places. Why they did not make the tickets to be available in computickect. I think it is bad for our 2010 soccer bid.
Ajax you have good facilities, but your organization of tickets is not up to scratch.
Mr Avhasei Leonard Ramuhulu
Safa has again shot itself in the foot
Did SAFA or Glyn Binkin & Mike Makaab (Agent/manager) select this squad. It looks like somewhere some how SAFA has again shot itself in the foot.It would be interesting to determine how many of the players selected are in those two's stable.
This is what is missing in SA soccer
this is what is missing in SA soccer (brief version):
- Experienced sport administrators that have a vision/philosophy for the future (e.g. are we preparing a U15/U16 team to challenge at a possible 2010 World Cup in our own country?!). Invest money in youth development!!!!
- Professional coach education (empty stadiums-need we say more?!) - they have a lot to learn and exchange. Have frequent coaching symposiums of the "top" coaches and get/ask international associations (e.g. the Dutch, German etc.) to send a delegate to present the newest technical and tactical coaching ideas. There is so much to learn out there!!
- Youth coach education to bring grass roots soccer education to higher level (it is still far behind Europe, no matter what people falsely presume!). Find top foreign coaches to teach our local coaches what soccer training should encompass - local soccer has previously been isolated from the rest of the world scene for many years. We cannot be or expect to be at
the same level - we are not!!
- Top clubs should have a youth development section and concern themselves with development (not results!).
- Make a concerted effort to curb the widely spread age cheating issue (see above) - it is crippling the development of players in the correct age groups! A huge problem that is swept under the carpet!
- Once proper professional structures are in place (with people working in earnest and for the benefit of the youth and soccer and not their own pocket) then there will be improvement and therefore more sponsorships will be forthcoming.
I could go on and on about details, but this should suffice.
(ex-coach in S.A. with UEFA A-license; now abroad)
Bafana squad looks good on paper
The announced Bafana squad looks good on paper, but I can't understand what Thabang Molefe has to do to prove that he is not Bafana material.
The same coach said that we don't have a right back and blame PSL teams. It shows that the guy don't know what he wants, I mean Molefe has shown a number of times that he does not deserve to be in the squad and there are lot of good rightback in our country who deserve to be given a chance.
Styles must also not take this game as an opportunity to showcase his abilities because we already know that he will never be Bafana coach.
So he must give all these guys a fair chance especially Tso, Lance, Pienaar, Big George and Mnguni so he must not be desperate for a win, it won't change anything.
We already know that his tactics are to make substitutions when there's only five minutes to fulltime.