Bafana Bafana

Barker queries Mashaba's selections

2015-09-08 15:45
Clive Barker (Gallo)

Cape Town - Former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker has questioned Shakes Mashaba's preference for selecting youngsters in the national team.

The South Africa national team has come under severe pressure after their dismal performance in the 3-1 loss to Mauritania at the weekend.

Coach Mashaba has had a significant amount of criticism levelled against him with Bafana yet to register a win in group M of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers following a goalless draw against Gambia and the embarrassing loss to Mauritania.

Barker believes Mashaba may go from the frying pan into the fire should the team disappoint against Senegal in the Nelson Mandela Challenge match at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday evening.

"He could be in for a shock reaction if the right result doesn't come for Bafana. I've told a lot of people that there are players who can play at club level and there are international level performers," Barker told Soccer Laduma.

"The players he's picked have got to play at the highest level. You've got to make sure they have already delivered.

"So, to choose very young players is nice... you're pretty when you're young and you're ugly when you're old... and he has pulled it off in some instances, like with Rivaldo Coetzee."


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