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Dumitru defends Mashaba

2015-06-13 11:28
Shakes Mashaba and Owen da Gama (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Ted Dumitru says that it is completely unfair to blame Shakes Mashaba or his players for any failures when it comes to the national team.

Dumitru, as outspoken as ever on the issues facing the local game, says the brands of football played by PSL clubs is too erratic.

“It is not fair to criticise the players, to say look they cannot put five passes together, they cannot score, they are missing chances, they play long balls,” he told Sport24.

“It makes no sense whatsoever to point the finger at Shakes!”

Dumitru insists that the national team will never reach its potential as long as clubs in South Africa continue to play an erratic brand of football that does not suit the technical make-up of the country’s players.  

“One criticism we can make of national coaches is that they don’t put enough effort into convincing leadership that there should be a revised technical policy when it comes to coaching quality. 

“All the findings are clear: because of the physical build of players, because of the speed of action, because of coordination – our players are suited to the short, quick passing approach with a lot of movement. But let’s face it, how many clubs are projecting that mentality?

“It is a huge, huge handicap!”

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