Bafana Bafana

Radebe: New era for Bafana

2011-11-11 09:02
Lucas Radebe (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe believes the national side's Nelson Mandela Challenge clash against the Ivory Coast can mark a new era for the team.

Radebe admits Bafana's failure to qualify for next year's Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea will go down as one of the darkest days in the nation's footballing history, but the former Kaizer Chiefs ace believes the team needs to move past that and start focusing on the future.

"I think we've seen that we made a mistake. We can blame them (Bafana) forever or we can look forward to the future", he told

"The boys have worked very hard. We were just unfortunate that results (0-0 against Niger) didn't go our way. We can't dwell on that anymore."

Meanwhile, Radebe has also given Pitso Mosimane his full backing, and the ex-Leeds United captain is confident the head coach can steer the team away from their recent disappointments.

He added: "Pitso has done a great job. I believe he will get the boys together, get them to regroup quickly.

"I think he has a vision with young players and that is going to work for us."

Radebe, capped 70 times by South Africa between 1992 and 2005, believes that despite Bafana's failure to reach the last two Africa Cup of Nations, the team has still progressed on the international front.

"If you look at the team we have now, we don't have that problem of depth anymore. We have a strong team with lots of top players to choose from."

Radebe sees the game against the Elephants as the perfect opportunity to begin re-grouping.

"Ivory Coast is a great team. We have been there before and we know what it feels like to be one of the best teams around. A result against them would be a great chance for us go forward," he said.

The league form of veteran strikers Benni McCarthy and Siyo's time in international football has come and gone, and that the new breed of players need to be given the chance to prove themselves.

"Benni and Nomvethe have done their job for the team. We need to look at our youngsters. If this team wants to progress we can't be going back to older player," he concluded.

Read more on:    lucas radebe

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Bafana Bafana have been drawn with Cameroon, Gambia and Mauritania in the qualification stages for the 2017 AFCON tournament. Where will Shakes Mashaba's men finish in their pool?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.