Safa’s last life line – AFCON 2013

Posted: January 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

When Libya withdrew in hosting the AFCON 2013 because of political unrest stepped in SAFA who were pencilled to host the 2018 Afcon edition, this offered SAFA, Bafana Bafana the nation, hope to redeem the status of our national team that is in shambles.

The 2013 AFCON offered an opportunity to start on a clean slate with renewed hope for everyone, a new coach at helm and the cash injection in the form of the FIFA legacy trust ushered new beginnings for SAFA, this offered an opportunity to set our development structures correctly with a long-term view of dominating one continental junior tournament as greater nations in football have junior teams that win international competitions.

To think our mother body (SAFA) would have such a view, think again!!!! These buggers imposed on Gordon Igesund declaring a finish at least on the semi-finals of the 2013 AFCON, from the same team that failed to qualify for the past two AFCON’s, so why recklessly declare such nonsense to a coach who literally had four months to prepare a team, It’s a ploy used by greedy people (Football Transformation Forum) using national resources to further their political ambitions, need not look further than the SAFA elections later this year.

Spare a thought for those braved souls who had to endure the cold damp evening to watch the opening ceremony where Bafana Bafana drew 0 – 0 against Cape Verde a country with a population of just over 500 000 and ranked above us in the FIFA world rankings, seemingly everyone hoped for a renewed and rejuvenated Bafana Bafana but the same old happened, a disjointed performance, we lacked cohesion and had two attempts at goal,  now for a team that is hosting and backed by 52 million people surely is a national crisis, why are we surprised by this lacklustre performance, it’s because leading up to the opening match and with the friendlies played we were coarse into believing that we will see a different BB team under Gordon Igesund, but with the last friendly 0-0 drew against Algeria any football pundit would have told you that we are doomed. Are we being to cynical with two games left in the group maybe they will turn it around? To sum it up here’s a tweet quote from Janusz Michallik an ESPN football commentator “it was hard to see what the game plan was from South Africa” ouch!!! That really hurt.

I’m literally tired of all excuses from the learning curve to going back to the drawing board, I’m starting to think the drawing board is full, so let’s leave the drawing board and get and iPAD with expects who know how to fully utilise the device. In short to avert further embarrassment lets pull the plug on all national teams for at least five years while we restructure our football from Junior to senior level, SAFA cronies with their blotted executive must resign and SASCOC must assume responsibilities until a proper assessment is done and appoint capable administrators who have football interest at heart and a clear guideline to shape our football.

Will remain a true Bafana Bafana supporter, just that morale is low now.



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