the years I’ve always had my own struggles with the words LOGIC and COMMON
times than not, it beats me how people apply logic.
should be aware now that between the time you read my last column on this platform - which was last week - zilch
has happened around the Bafana Bafana coach.
long, drawn process I predicted last week is still under way. The now toothless
SAFA Technical Committee has had its pow-wow, but the National Executive
Committee (NEC), the organisation’s decision-making body will only gather
towards the end of the month to receive their report.
a result, Bafana will still be guided by the same man when they tackle Burkina
Faso in their opening Group D 2018 Russia Soccer World Cup qualifier match in Ouagadougou
on October 8.
this is where my issues with logic and common sense kick in.
Africa, meaning Bafana Bafana, has under the same man, failed to qualify as one
of the 16 countries that will participate in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)
finals to be held in Gabon early next year.
as a result of failing to emerge out of a Group that consisted of Cameroon,
Gambia and Mauritania. Just the other day, Bafana were held to a 1-all draw by
the same lowly Mauritania in their own backyard, the former SA football mecca,
to expect Bafana to come out tops of a Group D that contains Burkina Faso, Cape
Verde and Senegal while still guided by the same man, defies logic.
were three chances to qualify for the AFCON finals, either as No 1 in the
Group, second or one of the best-placed third-placed finishers - and Bafana failed dismally in all three options.
it is tougher to qualify for the World Cup where Africa only has five slots and
only countries that top their Groups qualify.
we - or SAFA rather - expects the team to overnight become one of the best five
African teams immediately after failing to be one of the 16 that will contest
as Nero fiddled while Rome burned, SAFA’s dilly-dallying is costing South
African football dearly.
state that our football finds itself in today is a result of poor planning if
not failure to do so.
fact that we do not have players plying their trade in top leagues such as the
English Premiership (I know people will point to the aging Steve Pienaar), the
Spanish La Liga, Germany's Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A, are a pointer that our
structures have failed.
a country, we have also failed to produce coaches who are up there with the
best in the world.
even now, logic (damn that word again!) dictates that South Africa should rope
in a suitable-qualified and unfortunately foreign coach to guide Bafana Bafana
back to being the pride of the nation once more.
can learn a lot from the saying that failing to plan is planning for failure.
by the way, the problem with common sense is that it’s not a very common commodity
S'Busiso Mseleku is regarded as one of Africa's leading
sports journalists and an authority on football. He has received some of
the biggest awards in a career spanning over 30 years. He is currently
City Press Sports Editor.
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