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Zuma identifies the real problem with Bafana

2017-02-07 15:31
Sibusiso Zuma (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Bafana Bafana winger Sibusiso Zuma believes that it does NOT matter if the South African Football Association (SAFA) employ a local or an international coach.

South Africa have been without a head coach for over a month after SAFA sacked Shakes Mashaba.

Next month (March 25-28) Bafana Bafana have two international fixtures scheduled with opponents that are still to be announced.

However, SAFA sit with a problem as Mashaba filed a case with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) against the association regarding his dismissal.

The case has resumed on February 7 as Mashaba looks to either be reinstated as head coach or settle for a compensation fee.

The verdict is set to be given next week Tuesday.

In an exclusive interview with Sport24, Zuma believes that the real problem with poor Bafana Bafana performances comes down to the selection of players, not management.

The 41-year-old says that majority of the players selected to represent Bafana Bafana should be playing overseas.

"It doesn't matter to me (who coaches Bafana) as long as we regroup and then we start taking our players overseas because I don't like this thing of playing in South Africa (selecting local players) and think there is going to be a miracle with the national team ," said Zuma, who has 67 international caps for the senior national side.

"The national team is not going to improve until we have the majority of the players who are playing for the national team overseas. Lets get our players in England, all over Europe.

"Look at Belgium... Belgium are on top because their players are playing in England, we watch them week-in-week-out scoring goals, it really works. Good competition week-in-week-out so we need to do that for our national team

"It doesn't matter what coach we get, as long as our players are playing here in South Africa we are in deep trouble," Zuma concluded.

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