Friday afternoons letters concern a call for South Africa to have a reserve league, more local based players to be called up for Bafana Bafana, and more...
SA needs a reserve league
I'm a bit worried about the lack of action for some of the players who are on the fringes of the 1st team in most of the so called big teams, if you look at players like Gerald Sibeko, Phumodzo Manenze, Makhozonkhe Bhengu, Jonathan Greenfield etc are not playing and that affect their confidence.
So what is the solution - RESERVE LEAGUE .If SAFA can spend millions of rands on the incentive of three rich individuals why is difficult to spent it on development of our players.
If you look at the best leagues in the world there is a reserve league. If a player is injured he must make come back in a reserve league to test his fitness that is why most of our players rush their injuries because the is no reserve league.
If we are serious with our development we should consider this otherwise we are going to face similar problem's like the Ndlovu fiasco whereby has beens hold our teams to ransom.
Steve does not call a spade a digging tool
Baxter could not have asked for any better assistant than Steve .Steve is knowledgeable about S A soccer ,
he has been with the senior National team and most importantly is very good in getting things done
the right way.
He guided Manning Rangers to ABSA cup finals last season and they escaped relegation. He is very good in planning and strategising.
Knows a lot about our players playing abroad , their strengths and weaknesses which will support Baxter in selecting a formidable side .
Straight forward person who does not call a spade a digging tool and mostly he is approachable and consultative .
I think to the coach (Baxter ) this is an asset more than a liability to Bafana Bafana.
Congratulations Steve you know you have got what it takes to be where you are, good luck on your new job
Not happy with Bartlett's performance
What'z up Editor
I must first congratulate uncle Steve Kompela for being given the cauldron job in Bafana Bafana (BB) as Mr Baxter's right-hand man because really Mr Styles Phumo was of no substance in the BB setup. For once thumbs up for SAFA officials who are really starting to shape up.
When coming to the BB performance I must say they were marvellous to watch as they really displayed scintillating class of football away from home. The whole team (including the substitutes) played very well except Sean Bartlett whom I still don't think he deserves to don the national colours.
His form has taken a knock, we should have won at least 6-0 had he stuck all his clear cut chances. Somebody please explain to me what has happened to this player (Bartlett), he's playing in the so called elite English premiership, but he still fail to convert at least one chance out of four.
People this is international level, which means that every half chance you get must be buried away let alone the clear cut chance Bartlett had. Remember what happened when we played Australia in England, they got only two half chances and they stuck away, and on the contrary Bartlett missed an open net (kicked wide when there was no goalie in the post...very pathetic),and the result was a loss for BB.
Every chance we get must be stuck away and players who miss such opportunities should be benched because there are some thirsty players who really wanna prove themselves in national colours, such as Tyren Arendse who scored from half a chance. I must say the performance of Sean Bartlett was really under par and if I were the coach I'd drop him for the next three matches to teach him a lesson.
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Baxter should consider local-based players
Firstly I will like to congratulate Bafana Bafana for beating the African Champions.
It has been long since we saw a good performance by Bafana. I was quite impressed with the commitment shown by most
players especially Benni,Delroy and Aaron.
Despite the good signs I am still worried by the fact the national coach does not regard home based players as good enough.
He does not give them chance but he prefer unknown foreign based players to proven local based players. We are about to embark on world cup and nations cup qualifiers soon.
It is the same coach who will complain when this foreign based players are not released by their respective foreign clubs for the qualifying matches and when he loses he will want to give us clumsy excuses that so and so was not released for the qualifying games.
May I remind you that on Wednesday it was a week of international friendliest in Europe that is why all foreign based players were available.
I am not against these guys we know what they have archived in the past for us but let us not forget the local based players.