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More readers' letters on under-par Bafana 21/06/04
Bafana Bafana's poor performance against Ghana on Sunday has been a cause of concern for many of the SASoccer365 readers. Here are some of the latest e-mails we have received...

SA v/s Ghana......terrible

The game against Ghana on Sunday was embarrassing. At one time I thought I was watching Ghana's training session. The whole SA team looked like a confused bunch of amateurs.

I couldn't believe my eyes. Had we lost fighting it would have been a different story, and that's when you need to go to the drawing board.

In this case we need to throw away the drawing board and start from scratch. What I mean by that is; start
teaching the likes of Steven Pienaar on how to hold your cool and remain professional, even when referee's decisions aren't going your way.
How on earth do you loose a ball and just walk away,as good as he is, his attitude stings.
Our defence looked out of place and very much confused, no wonder why we couldn't see Mabizela pushing forward more cause he was forced to fall back into defence and help out.
The wingers - where were they? George could have swapped his Bafana jersey for Ghana, cause he had more time courting with the Black Stars than he had troubled them. All because the wingers weren't putting those crosses in.
I think Delron Buckley must start from the bench, if selected at all.
Baxter must try players like Stanton...We know he is very explosive and he is hungry for an opportunity to shine for overseas scouts - that way a player put in an extra effort.
That being said there's no need to make big changes, players just need to be refocused and encouraged to bring out the fighting spirit.
In terms of striking force, where can we turn to maybe we need to look from our Mvela division because PSL is not providing an array of strikers nor the overseas players are dancing to the tune.
Baxter and the team, go and redeem yourselves against Burkina Faso...Good luck
Cape Town

Hi Editor,

As I said before that we are going to see the same boring Bafana Bafana  what these overseas based players are doing.

A lot was expected from Pienaar but he failed dismal my opinion is that playing in Ajax is different as playing for Bafana.

My advice to Baxter is to mix local based players with these so-called superstars from overseas the reason 90% of them,

They dont comment themselves when playing for Bafana if the coach rely on these players we are going backwards. To my own opinion Baxter is not the right person for the job well always say we must wait but we will wait until we dead.

Zola Citwayo

Dear Editor
What a disappointing performance by Bafana, even a team from Vodacom league would have shown a better display against that Ghana team.

Don't we have any other left wing than Delron. Let's face it the guy can't play soccer or should I say he's no longer hungry.

Was Steven Pienaar showing off the Adidas kit or playing for his country? I think the former best explains his performance on Sunday. I think Mark Fish is just too tired to play international football, the Coach should give the likes of Derick Spencer a chance.

Why was Mhlongo played on the right wing instead of the natural right winger Stanton Fredericks? Only Baxter knows. We could blame the pitch all we want, but you could've taken that game to FNB stadium that team wouldn't have won it. Looking on the individual faces of the players there was no passion or desire to win that game.

George is no "Big George" but "Tall George", his display was shocking for someone we were told the whole game plan was around him. I think George should consider playing Basket Ball instead of FootBall. In football you should be able to use your feet, of which it is not the case with George.

How many Ghanaians regularly play on that pitch? The Ghanaian skipper plays for Juventus but still managed to score a brace, that just proves that the pitch is no excuse. The Ghana team was just more hungry for the win than South Africans.

In conclusion I think Stuart Baxter is only good for the u19s or He should consider calling up more hungry players, which are of course the ones from PSL. Our players just didn't have the want & the determination to win the game.




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