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Gould slams Bafana critics

2012-06-14 13:04

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana defender Morgan Gould has hit out at critics who claim the team's lengthy winless streak is down to a lack of commitment.

Gould, who recently swapped SuperSport United for Kaizer Chiefs, is currently at a training camp with his national team-mates ahead of Friday's friendly encounter against Gabon.

Bafana head into this weekend's tie on the back of successive 1-1 draws, against Ethiopia and Botswana, in their two opening 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifiers.

Those results mean the national team have not won any of their last eight encounters, a run that stretches back to last year August, but Gould insists that streak is not a representation of a lack of desire to win games.

"I think people get an idea that we are not giving 100% because we haven't been getting the results, but we always give 200%," Gould told Football411 from their Nelspruit training ground.

"We are not winning matches at the moment, but it is not impossible to turn this around. I'm confident Bafana will get back to winning ways and in my view we are still in with a big chance in the World Cup qualifiers.

"We are not giving up and all the players know that it is far from over."

Bafana will take on the Panthers at the Mbombela Stadium on Friday evening, and Gould believes the encounter should prove a good challenge for the squad.

"Gabon are ranked 49th and we are ranked 68th in the world, so you can tell that we are going to face a strong side. I really think this is a good challenge for us," he concluded.

Football411

Comments
  • ziggamann.shepard - 2012-06-14 13:19

    you only get to talk after you have won. For now be quiet and work on your game.

      jameel.patel.39 - 2012-06-14 14:27

      Ok then lets agree its a lack of skill

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-14 14:41

      SA has not transformed and does not represent our whole nation, that is why they are SO USELESS !!! And yes, we cannot compare the level of skill of our players to international players, we are WAY off the mark !!!

      topsy.krets.180 - 2012-06-14 15:01

      i still dont get it. rugby and cricket require ten times more skill but we are world beaters at this (and please dont say these 2 sports are played by few nations coz thats not the point - even if played by only 1 nation on earth, these sporting codes require much higher skill levels than kicking a round ball around but we are one of the best in rugby and cricket) so yes . . . its a matter of no soccer skill in this country - the most simple sport to play.

      topsy.krets.180 - 2012-06-14 15:02

      i am a coloured female so am objective in saying . . . put more white guys and a white coach like 96 (we were ranked 14th on earth). our rugby and cricket teams are mostly white and look how top they are.

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-06-14 15:41

      Netherlands is ranked 4th if you know what I mean

  • almeleh - 2012-06-14 13:30

    Bafana players lack self discipline and think they are superstars who dont need to train.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-14 14:42

      This mentality however, is a very hard one to fix. The mindset starts in the poor communities where the only way out is to be seen by everyone, so from young, they play for themselves to be noticed so they can get out. How on earth does one change that?

      paul.sdoow - 2012-06-14 18:20

      and in UK dumwin? i didn't notice the posh kids playing footi only the chavs from the projects and they also doing it to be noticed. reality is they will always play as eleven teams not one might as well call them bafanaX11. and the mindset of changing coaches when things don't work don't help either. its amazing that all the coaches there been they as coaches have made other teams succeed but why not bfna? the talent ain't lacking its the teamwork that lacks.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-06-14 18:20

      and in UK dumwin? i didn't notice the posh kids playing footi only the chavs from the projects and they also doing it to be noticed. reality is they will always play as eleven teams not one might as well call them bafanaX11. and the mindset of changing coaches when things don't work don't help either. its amazing that all the coaches there been they as coaches have made other teams succeed but why not bfna? the talent ain't lacking its the teamwork that lacks.

  • Harley - 2012-06-14 13:41

    so if it's not lack of commitment it must be lack of skill, not sure which is worse

  • Eugene - 2012-06-14 13:46

    You are an embarrassment to the nation and continent. So much talk and so little to show for it.

  • Eugene - 2012-06-14 13:48

    200%... looks more 18,18% from each of the 11 players on the pitch which ads up to 200%

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