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Otieno: Bafana can beat Egypt

2011-02-10 11:21

Johannesburg - Kenya boss Zedekia Otieno has offered some advice to Bafana Bafana as they prepare to face Egypt in next month's crucial AFCON qualifier.

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The Harambee Stars coach saw his side lose 2-0 to South Africa in Rustenburg on Wednesday night after suffering a 5-1 defeat to the mighty Pharaohs on January 14 in Cairo.

And after playing against both nations, Otieno feels Bafana has the ability to secure a positive result against the continental champions.

"If South Africa puts Egypt under pressure the way they did with us today(Wednesday) and be composed in front of goal I think it is very easy to beat Egypt!," he said.

"Most of the time Egypt wants to really play in the first 20 minutes, they are very good and they try to get an early goal, but if they don't score it is then very easy for you to come back and beat them, even in their own background."

Pitso Mosimane, meanwhile, admitted some of the concerns he has with his squad, with their lack of threatening set-piece delivery being one of his worries.

"How can I improve the free kicks in a few days I have with the team? That must be done at club level and there is no way I can improve that," he said.

"But we don't want to make excuses for the game against Egypt. We must play better than this against Egypt to get a result," concluded the Bafana coach. 

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Comments
  • Not2Seriaaas - 2011-02-10 11:31

    Well done boys. Kenya not as strong as Egypt, but you can do it, you can beat them.

  • Themba - 2011-02-10 11:44

    Never

  • scott - 2011-02-10 11:46

    CORRECT ME IF IM WRONG but our most successful period in our history was mid-90s when we won afcon and qualified for our 1st world cup and were ranked 14th on earth. this was when we had a white coach-barker, white captain-tovey, our best defender was white(fish) and best midfielder white(tinkler). after that era, a predominantly non-white team achieved sweet nothing. we have won nothing in the last decade, culminating in a ranking of 90th and 1st ever host to flop at a world cup and couldnt even qualify 4 afcon 2010. we are laughed at. its not racist, its a fact thats there in the record books. use it, dont use it . . .

      Nthlarhi - 2011-02-10 11:59

      No one is going to correct you Scott. You obviously are one of those who believe they are superior just because they are white. What I can tell you is that soccer has evolved so much since mid 90's and any team can beat any other team in the world. We have seen many upsets and bigger teams going downwards. Eg, England. I can clearly see that the team is again peaking and it needs the support from me and you for it to be where it was in the mid 90's. Player's race aside.

      ulstersaffa - 2011-02-10 13:19

      scott, first off, african football wasnt as good then as it is today. second baker wasnt that great of a coach. he installed belief in the players and made them go to back to basics. in the issue about white players is they arent given a chance in the psl, 'white clubs' dont get scouted for players. they used to by suppersport and wits but not anymore. there is benifits to have a well balanced side, the best team i ever played for we had a 50/50 balance between black and white. the white players do the hard tackling, and the basics and the black players provided the fliar and skills. that is one of the reasons why SA was so good then, the same thing. the white players with the spine of the team and allowed the blacks players to create chances, saying that macbeth is a quality holding midfielder, maybe our best ever?

      mccoleb - 2011-02-10 14:16

      Listen Boet,,,,,,,,the difference is just local coaches are doing better than foreign coaches irrespective of what colour or race are the players and now with a local coach they are climbing up.Since we opted for foreign coaches we have never done well. Local coaches knows the potential of our players while the bloody foreign coaches(agents) don't......so thats the difference.....I think you have been corrected and u will stop thinking crap....

      Maano - 2011-02-13 15:06

      if ur saying its not racist, y did u mention white? if da coach was black den,defender,and midfilder were blacks, were u going to say wat u said? come on dude y cant u mention striker mark williams? or is it bcoz he is black? come on dude stop dat tendency of under mining blacks

  • scott - 2011-02-10 11:46

    CORRECT ME IF IM WRONG but our most successful period in our history was mid-90s when we won afcon and qualified for our 1st world cup and were ranked 14th on earth. this was when we had a white coach-barker, white captain-tovey, our best defender was white(fish) and best midfielder white(tinkler). after that era, a predominantly non-white team achieved sweet nothing. we have won nothing in the last decade, culminating in a ranking of 90th and 1st ever host to flop at a world cup and couldnt even qualify 4 afcon 2010. we are laughed at. its not racist, its a fact thats there in the record books. use it, dont use it . . .

      Johnny Sidestepper - 2011-02-10 12:00

      HERE WE GO AGAIN !

      TMcD - 2011-02-10 12:00

      Scott you idiot - why are you even worrying about race! Maybe we had a better team in the 90s with more white players... so what! We might have a great team in 10 years time without any white players. Race is just a colour you moron! And by the way... Mark Fish is coloured!

      Johnny Sidestepper - 2011-02-10 12:03

      HERE WE GO AGAIN ! THE ONLY REASON YOU MENTION FISH WAS COS THERE ,NYATHI, MOTOUNG, TINKLER COS OF BUTHELEZI, MOETI , KHUMALO, SHOES, WILLIAMS ,BARTLETT, MOOSA,MOTALE,ETC, SO PLS DONT USE THE RACE CARD HERE !

      Not2Seriaaas - 2011-02-10 12:27

      CORRECT ME IF IM WRONG... you are corrected. Thats it. Your comment doesn't deserve more response than that.

      khangwer - 2011-02-10 12:40

      Scott...get your facts right....the composition of the team in 1996 is no different to yesterday's team....73% black in 1996...before you talk football make sure you have followed the game...yesterday's team had two white players, similar to '96.... Goodness get over your skin colour...it has no added advantage except that it brings out the evil character in you to abuse other races... and by the way, soccer fans in SA are the only fans of any sport who will never complain about the composition of a team racially, even if the team is 100% white... Here is list of the players who played the 96 Final with Tunisia A. Arendse, (Coloured…legally classified as black) S. Motaung, (Black) L. Radebe, (Black) M. Fish, (White/coloured) N. Tovey, (White) L. Buthelezi (Black) (H. Mkhalele 51), (Black) E. Tinkler, (White) J.Moshoeu, (Black) D. Khumalo, (Black) S. Bartlett, (Coloured…legally classified as black) P. Masinga (Black); (M. Williams, 65) (Coloured…legally classified as black)

      ulstersaffa - 2011-02-10 13:21

      the only thing i will say is if we have quotes for all other sports, it sounds be no different for football. there are plenty of white players that dont get given a chance by psl clubd. there is a lot of white kids that go play in europe because of that reason. you will be suprised how many young white saffas play in the lower leagues in england.

  • Consequent33 - 2011-02-10 12:27

    why don't we sport crazy, common people get rid of the race problem, get the right people for the job, no colour. whether it is the coach, management, players or supporters. If we have the best team available - pay them, critisise and fine them for their performances so that they also take responsibilities for their actions. that menas get sidelined if they don't pitch for practice or get pissed or high before any training and matches. But to have a team that is chosen because of colour was never going to work, not in the old dispensation or the new. if we achieve this, then we can show the politicians how its supposed to be done. rewards for a job well done and criticism for one not, and a total dropping from the side if any sort of nepotism, or corruption is found to be present. Come on South Africans - it is 16 years after 1994 lets show the world and specifically our politicians that we are the people who make things happen and not them.

  • CharlSkeptic - 2011-02-10 12:30

    We taught the Egyptians how to revolt (at least according to IC (idiot comrade) Andile Lungisa, we can also teach them how to play footie. Only thing they can teach us is how to walk like them

      CharlSkeptic - 2011-02-10 12:33

      oh, and by the way, scott, you are an idiot.

  • khangwer - 2011-02-10 12:34

    Scott...get your facts right....the composition of the team in 1996 is no different to yesterday's team....73% black in 1996...before you talk football make sure you have followed the game...yesterday's team had two white players, similar to '96.... Goodness get over your skin colour...it has no added advantage except that it brings out the evil character in you to abuse other races... and by the way, soccer fans in SA are the only fans of any sport who will never complain about the composition of a team racially, even if the team is 100% white... Here is list of the players who played the 96 Final with Tunisia A. Arendse, (Coloured…legally classified as black) S. Motaung, (Black) L. Radebe, (Black) M. Fish, (White/coloured) N. Tovey, (White) L. Buthelezi (Black) (H. Mkhalele 51), (Black) E. Tinkler, (White) J.Moshoeu, (Black) D. Khumalo, (Black) S. Bartlett, (Coloured…legally classified as black) P. Masinga (Black); (M. Williams, 65) (Coloured…legally classified as black)

  • spiderkzn - 2011-02-10 12:43

    Viva Bafana Bafana :) you did great except miss many goal. But i believe you can do it!

  • scott - 2011-02-10 13:30

    ok ok forgive me. but one point nobody can argue is that bafana is the only team in sa that is picked totally on merit but ironically perform worse than teams that are forced to not pick totally on merit. bafana has zero quota and transformation issues but still suck. imagine if they were not allowed to pick their best team like the boks or proteas? the boks are pressured with transformation issues but still win the world cup. ironic.

      khangwer - 2011-02-10 14:20

      I agree with that.... but there is a good reason for that. Soccer unlike Rugby and Cricket does not have the same level of organisation from grass roots level. I know we are 15years into democracy but due to the historical nature of soccer development in SA it still continues to suffer....fact is, top schools, which are expensive to get into produce the best sportsman and woman and in most of these schools soccer is not really a priority. Go to Soweto where most of the players come from and you find kids playing on a gravel pitch with no boots…and go to Sandton, you will find rugby kids playing on manicured lawns, well kitted and properly trained coaches...so if soccer can have the same level of organisation...then we will be better. another thing is soccer is a lot more competitive in the world with a side ranked 40th easily beating a side ranked 5th...in rugby there is handful of nations that play the sport competitively...you have to look at this things holistically... obviously the only people to blame now is SAFA and Government

      Luke - 2011-02-10 15:01

      bro, you're missing the point here. Aren't u seeing the current SA football resurgence. Up from being ranked 90th plus to being in the top 50. Let's stop all the rubbish bout colour and focus on the current rise of Bafana Bafana to their rightful place as a powerhouse of African football.

      Zukisani - 2011-02-10 16:59

      look here i get your point. i think we need to see more transformation in our football maybe four more white players .bafana players are picked based on merit and its rare to find white south African kids playing professional football nowadays. we cannot pick anyone for the sake of it. maybe our government wants to see the same thing ,but Fifa is very strict when it comes to political interference. we might be banned if the government interferes with the administration of football . i just thought i should school you a bit

  • Fazil - 2011-02-10 14:02

    Football is merely used in SA as a cover for the more pressing issues which we face. Football in SA is controlled by a clique and I cannot see how is the SA side in any way a representation of equal opportunity. Further, as for beating Egypt...there might be a protest! On a more serious note, better chance of Zuma falling pregnant!

      Jassim El Zuma - 2011-02-10 15:05

      oh Fazil,can you really be that childish

  • Mutemi - 2011-02-10 15:17

    You can only beat the Pharoahs if u open a ZAR night club jus across the stadium and invite them the night before the match...then serve sushi on naked Egyptian ladies. Ha ha ha just kidding...we wl beat the Pharoahs...but only if they adhere to BEE and have at least half black players in their team. Ha ha jus kidding WE CANT BEAT THE PHAROAHS

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