Bafana need 'talent pipeline'

2011-11-08 14:24

Parliament - The key to making Bafana Bafana a winning team is a "sustained focus" on development, MPs heard on Tuesday.

SA Football Association (SAFA) chief executive Robin Petersen told Parliament's portfolio committee on sport that South Africa's national team needed a pipeline of talent to be successful.

"We should have this development pipeline full of talent. We need to drive it even harder."

Petersen said Bafana Bafana's immediate goal was to win its qualifiers for the 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil.

A series of competitive friendlies had been arranged to ensure that the team continued to rise in Fifa rankings and achieved a seeding in international tournaments.

The first match would be played against Africa's top-rated side, Ivory Coast, at the weekend, he said.

"We have commitment, we have a plan and we are implementing that plan."

Petersen said SAFA had not understood a rule that caused it to fail to qualify for the 2012 Africa Nations Cup, to be held in South Africa.

"We didn't understand that rule properly and that was to serious detriment."

He said SAFA had taken collective responsibility for the failure to qualify, and had decided not to fire people.


  • Graham - 2011-11-08 15:05

    I love Bafana Bafana and it pains me to see the team struggle. At the World Cup we were amazing and deserved to get through to the next round. To beat France and draw with Mexico is fantastic. I do think that we need to send more PSL players to the English, Spanish, Italian, German, French and Dutch leagues to develop - these players' agents need to be promoting our players in Europe. Europe is where all of the world's best compete and our players need that intensity of competition - it will add so much to out game...

  • proafrikaans - 2011-11-08 15:26

    If rugby and cricket are forced to carry AA passengers, I demand transformation in soccer too. Bafana should never take the field without at least 1 white player. Chosen solely on merit, of course. Just like PdV was chosen as Bok coach because he was by far the "best" coach available...

      Graham - 2011-11-08 15:38

      There is more black interest in cricket and rugby than white interest in football so not sure it would work. Anyway I think all the non-white cricketers are there on merit. Tsotsobe (gives away barely any runs and takes wickets in ODIs), Amla (great), Prince (great test average, middle order batsman, so don't judge his recent forays up the order), Philander (First class average of 19 - says it all), Robin Peterson (great world cup), Tahir (hurrah we have a spin that actually turns it), Duminy (a little inconsistent but obviously a talent) etc etc etc. None of them are not good enough. Some excellent black and coloured rugby players too now as well - I would have picked Mvovo for the world cup as well.

      proafrikaans - 2011-11-08 15:42

      Ashwell Prince should not play in 1-day internationals. PdV should never have made Springbok coach. JP Pietersen doesn't belong in the Bok team. Quota passengers, one and all.

      Graham - 2011-11-08 15:49

      @proafrikaans: You obviously watch NO cricket - are you living under a rock? Prince last played a one dayer in 2007! He has a respectable average of 35 in ODIs, but quite rightly he was benchmarked as more of a test player. Pietersen showed great work rate at the World Cup, and put in many tackles - he did not do much in terms of a running game, but that has more to do with Morne Steyn kicking more often as opposed to distributing - who should they have taken instead?!

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