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Why blame coaches?

Written By Themba Khumalo on Thursday, September 12, 2013 | Thursday, September 12, 2013

Blaming coaches for a Bafana Bafana downward spiral that started way back in 1998 during Jomo Sono's tenure is a short cut and somewhat, a very lazy and cheap football analysis as far as this South African national team primary crisis is concerned. Lots of factors, way bigger than the technical and tactical side are ignored.

All coaches go under almost the same courses of coaching and have been exposed to football for decades, thus possess more or less the same technical and tactical acumen. This is why even Jose Mourinho would fail at Bafana Bafana (currently), not because he is tactically and technically bankrupt, but because there is no sound leadership at the South African Football Association (SAFA). Football success takes more than a good coach and players.

No proof can be found that any of South Africa’s national team players went through the full development cycle. Who’s responsibility is that? SAFA. Why are SAFA and PSL disunited with separate and different policies and concepts on youth development, coaching standards and competitions? What happened to the junior national teams?

What happened to the under-23 that once ran rings around Brazil during the Sydney Olympics in year 2000? What happened to the under-23 that went all the way to the very advanced stages of the youth world cup in 2009? Where are other junior national teams that should be feeding Bafana, SAFA? If they are nowhere to be found, why do you expect miracles from Bafana?

Our players are not properly developed; decent performances are only seen only because of players’ natural abilities that makes up for the years of proper development lost. Young players, as young as in teenage years from South America and many European and to a certain extent West Africa are well sought after and well paid participating in big leagues.

In South Africa those players, media, SAFA, Premier Soccer League (PSL) and fans maintain that they are still young. No national coach will ever succeed in that environment, culture and mentality

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