Cape Town - Bafana Bafana legend, David
Nyathi, has lashed out at national team coach, Shakes Mashaba, saying he should
stop making promises if he cannot deliver.
“I think Shakes is failing the country and
should watch what he says to the media because he is failing to deliver what he
has promised,” Nyathi told Sport24.
“He has put himself under tremendous
pressure because of his remarks, which he was not supposed to have made.”
Nyathi said the country deserves better and
Mashaba should be reminded what his priorities, objectives and targets are as
the national team coach.
“The whole situation is very sad for the
country and our football because I feel that he has a very good team,” said
“Things did not go as we thought in the
COSAFA Cup which was to be used as the stepping stone to prepare for the Africa
Cup of Nations qualifiers and we put that to rest as he was complaining about
the unavailability of players.
“But I think he is now failing this
country. We have amazing talent of players and we are also not short of
resources that I feel struggling to beat countries like Gambia is bad for our
The 1996 Africa Cup of Nations winner said
Mashaba has failed to take responsibility for the team’s shortcomings and is
instead contradicting himself in the media.
“The national team is all about the country
and I think Shakes is disappointing us. For me it’s very bad that people still
talk about the 1996 class when we should have already re-written those history
books,” said Nyathi.
Bafana tackle Angola in a friendly at Cape
Town Stadium on Tuesday (15:00 kick-off).
SA starting XI v Angola:
Itumeleng Khune (GK), Anele Ngcongca
(captain), Rivaldo Coetzee, Clayton Daniels, Patrick Phungwayo, Bongani Zungu,
May Mahlangu, Jabulani Shongwe, Thulani Serero, Ayanda Patosi, Thamsanqa Gabuza
Substitutes: Jackson Mabokgwane, Thulani
Hlatshwayo, Andile Jali, Mandla Masango, Sphelele Ntshangase, Bonginkosi Ntuli,
Tshepo Gumede, Thabo Matlaba, Gift Motupa, Marc van Heerden, Ntsikelelo Nyauza,
Not considered for the match: Brilliant
Khuzwayo, Vuyisile Wana, Thuso Phala, Oupa Manyisa (injured)