Bafana Bafana

Dumitru explains why Bafana struggle

2015-06-09 09:23
Ted Dumitru (File)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns technical director, Ted Dumitru, is adamant that Bafana Bafana’s woes are directly linked to the fact that the country does not subscribe to a single style of play.

Dumitru took the national team to the 2006 edition of the African Cup of Nations.

After exiting the tournament at the group stages he came under a lot of criticism from media and fans alike.

The manager from Romania has spent two spells at both Kaizer Chiefs and Sundowns.

He spoke to Sport24 explaining why he believed that South Africa’s national teams will continue to struggle, no matter who is in charge of Bafana. 

“The first difficulty is that the country doesn’t have a playing philosophy,” he began. 

“I think that we were told about this one and then that one, by Carlos Pereira and other people.

“We have seen glimpses, and we see pieces of it. But one team is playing one approach to football and the other team another one, and then the national team a totally different one.

“That compared to the international trend where every winning nation has a very well defined playing philosophy.

In South Africa we still have to find that approach to football where the different attributes of the players, the environment and the culture will be put into a competitive form of football.”

Dumitru is a passionate fan of local football and has committed himself to its cause since first joining the Amakhosi in 1985.


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