AFCON

Clive Barker: Bafana have been terrible

2019-07-05 10:51
Clive Barker
Clive Barker (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former national coach Clive Barker says Bafana Bafana have been "terrible" at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Bafana, who sneaked into the last 16 after two losses and a solitary victory in the group stage, will play hosts Egypt in Cairo on Saturday.

In an exclusive interview with Sport24, Barker said he was not impressed by what he's seen of Bafana thus far.

"Everybody is disappointed and I'm no different. Bafana Bafana have plenty of room to improve because they have been terrible up until now. The players don't look like they are really enjoying themselves and have appeared frightened to venture over the halfway line.

"Traditionally, South African footballers have always expressed themselves. Our sides that have really played well have had players who want to do something on the ball. Bafana failed to deliver convincing displays during the group stages and, when watching them, the feeling I got is that they are worried about losing. If you are worried about losing then you are never going to take any chances."

Bafana are the only team at AFCON 2019 not to attempt a shot on target in two of their three group matches.

Barker who coached Bafana to the AFCON title in 1996, added: "It's frustrating for everybody and certainly for the supporters back home. If we compare it to the 1996 AFCON tournament, which we won, we managed to score 11 goals and the current Bafana side haven't even had 11 shots on target in three games.

"You have got to score goals to take the pressure off. You can never really express yourselves if you don't get in front and secure a comfortable lead."

Saturday's match at Cairo International Stadium is scheduled for 21:00 (SA time).

READ: Clive Barker's full Q&A interview with Sport24

Read more on:    bafana bafana  |  afcon 2019  |  clive barker  |  soccer

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Logs
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

How far will Bafana Bafana progress in this year’s AFCON tournament?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

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.