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Pienaar highlights Safa's self-deception 21/04/04
South African midfielder Steven Pienaar has spoken out about the apparent lack of vision that the South African Football Association (Safa) suffer from.

The Westbury-born youngster believes that Stuart Baxter, the 11th Bafana coach in 10 years, deserves more than a  two-year contract for the national team to be a success.

"I've heard a lot of good things about Stuart Baxter, but he has only been offered a two-year contract, that's not long enough for a coach of a national team to be successful," he said on the BBC web site.

The national team have suffered in recent years with the hiring and firing of coaches as the team's standing on the Fifa World chart has dropped to a dismal 40th position and Pienaar believes the coach and his players need more time to become successful.

"They (Safa) should have given him a four-year contract, that way the players would have known he's going to be there for the long term.

"Changing coaches every second year has been a major problem for the national side in the past.

Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba was fired weeks before the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia where the 1996 African champs bowed out - dismally - in the first round of the continental championship.

The Ajax Amsterdam midfielder highlighted the success/failure of individual players due to Safa's ineptitude.

"By the time players have got used to a coach, he's been fired, it's difficult for players to be successful in this sort of environment.

"They (Safa) aren't thinking about building for the future because they want everything to happen straight away."

Baxter has called Pienaar and 20 European-based players for his first national camp in charge which will take place in Surrey, England on the weekend of the 24th of April to the 26th.

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