SA deserves better - Komphela

2012-06-10 16:31

Gaborone - Bafana Bafana are tired of mediocrity and they owe it to the country to win a match, according to interim coach Steve Komphela.

The South Africans drew 1-1 against Botswana in Gaborone on Saturday - their eighth successive match without a win - as they continued to stumble in their Fifa World Cup qualifying campaign.

"We are not blessed, we are not happy. The nation deserves better," Komphela said. "We have to acknowledge that.

"We are putting too much stress and strain on the players , but we have to carry it. I don't believe there is a rule in football that you have to draw permanently. Neither would you win permanently, nor lose permanently."

South Africa were left lying second in Group A with only two points from their first two games after they drew 1-1 against Ethiopia in their qualifying opener the week before.

The Central African Republic, who held a game in hand, were one point clear at the top of the group standings, with only the top team set to progress to the next round of preliminaries for the Brazil showpiece in 2014.

Bafana again dominated the match, as they had done against the Ethiopians, but struggled to find the back of the net with poor finishing.

"This has to change," Komphela said.

"We don't know when it's going to change, but as we speak now, we drew the match, and we have two points, which is not pleasing."

The former Bafana captain called on South Africans to support their team in difficult times, but also conceded that it worked both ways and the side needed to produce results to garner support.

"We'll have to go out there and keep our heads up and keep working, hoping that next time we will get something," he said.

"But we cannot keep waiting because next time it gets too late and nobody wants to wait."

Their struggle to convert chances seemingly comes down to a lack of confidence up front, and while Komphela felt their strikers were under too much pressure, he said they would need to find a solution.

"Pressure is always there. Our second name is pressure," he said.

"We'll have to go back and check the results.

"We cannot be looking at points, though, we need to win matches."

With his Free State Stars side, Komphela is known for instilling motivation in his troops, and he said Bafana would persevere.

"We will have to keep looking forward until the end [of the qualifiers], he said.

"I strongly believe, even if it were to be the last match, and God forbid South Africa had not qualified, we would still have to go there and fight for the colours of our country."

South Africa, in search of a new head coach after Pitso Mosimane was sacked earlier in the week, face Gabon in an international friendly in Nelspruit on Friday.


  • vic.jablowski - 2012-06-10 16:48

    Lets be realistic, we have not had a proper coach or talent spotters with local football, they are all out there to run down our rugby and claiming foul as why not enough people of colour. What they need is a coach that does not see colour but talent and then maybe our football improve.

      Fred - 2012-06-10 17:41

      Wrong, Mr Komphela, Bafana Bafana seem to be happy with mediocrity. It's the South African nation that is tired of the mediocrity and incompetance of Bafana Bafana. They all earn far too much to worry. Rather put them on a tiny basic and supplement this with good bonuses for wins. @Vic, certainly a better coach would help, as would a proper development programme, but this won't happen until thehe top dogs of SAFA realise that they are EMPLOYEES, not kings, and the money gets funnelled into development, instead of into their back pockets. Another thing that would help is more schools making soccer a bigger part of their curriculam so the game grows nationally.

      grenville.felton - 2012-06-10 18:17

      As long as we call outr team Bafana and change out mindset the problem arises from the top from SAFA to the psl and beyond. Fat cats in SAFA enriching themselves, coaches who would not ebven make it in UK 2nd division, but our SAFA pay a useless coach 1Bar for what, them our so called players earning 100K a month why bother to win for your country or try and make it overseas when you earning that kind of cash. Solution new SAFA managment, new coach from Europe,and palyer who want to play for there counrty no matter what, look at othere sports, hockey, rugby SA goes into a match yesterday with a 2nd and 3rd string side and we win why because the guys are palying for there lives and for SOUTH AFRICA. CHANGE THE NAME to SOUTH AFRICA < BAFANA is dead wood

      kndobe - 2012-06-10 18:26

      @Gren, our oversees coaches have a poor record compared to the local coaches

      Harold - 2012-06-10 21:19

      Lets call them the soccer-boks and bring transformation to soccer with true representation of the whole nation not just a bunch of cadre children. Stop paying these lame ducks so much money they are the laughing stock Africa. They are like cowboys shout shoot and they draw.

      Faizie - 2012-06-11 05:44

      Guys the goals are at the end of the pitch. We only play across the middle, its the tic tacs that are wrong

      LiveSue - 2012-06-11 06:51

      What does ruby have to do with football ? Why does everythn have to revolve around u ppl

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-06-10 16:53

    Bunch of losers! Why no commissions of enquiry into transformation in soccer?? Transforming a loosing team into a winning one like the Boks

      kndobe - 2012-06-10 17:08

      only 5 top teams in rugby and more than 30 in soccer

      vic.jablowski - 2012-06-10 17:17

      kndobe, please explain and show me the 30 top teams in soccer compared to the 5 you mention. Example, Sharks rugby side just does not happen, they start from school level and spotters identify talent and eventually to the academy and if they make the grade, they will go up to the other levels, i,e unders 21's, representing the province and maybe South Africa.

      kndobe - 2012-06-10 17:39

      @Vic Jun 2012 Fifa 1 Spain 2 Uruguay 3 Germany 4 Netherlands 5 Brazil 6 England 7 Argentina 8 Croatia 9 Denmark 10 Portugal 11 Chile 12 Italy 13 Russia 14 France 15 Greece 16 Côte d'Ivoire 17 Sweden 18 Republic of Ireland 19 Mexico 20 Colombia 21 Switzerland 22 Paraguay 23 Japan 24 Australia 25 Ghana 26 Norway 27 Czech Republic 28 USA 29 Bosnia-Herzegovina 30 Slovenia Rugby 1(1) NEW ZEALAND 2(2) AUSTRALIA 3(3) SOUTH AFRICA 4(4) ENGLAND 5(5) WALES 6(6) FRANCE 7(7) ARGENTINA 8(8) IRELAND 9(9) TONGA 10(10) SAMOA 11(11) ITALY 12(12) SCOTLAND 13(13) CANADA 14(14) JAPAN 15(15) GEORGIA 16(16) FIJI 17(17) USA 18(18) ROMANIA 19(19) URUGUAY 20(20) SPAIN 21(21) NAMIBIA 22(22) RUSSIA 23(23) BELGIUM 24(24) CHILE 25(25) PORTUGAL 26(26) KOREA 27(27) MOROCCO 28(28) HONG KONG 29(29) POLAND 30(30) UKRAINE Mexico beat Brazil last week and Denmark beat Holland, this cannot be said for rugby where a team like Namibia or Georgia would never beat any team in the top 5 at full strength. We beat Denmark, played well againts Brazil and Spain and beat Fance in the world cup.

  • Muravha Pfunzo - 2012-06-10 17:02

    let steve select player

      vic.jablowski - 2012-06-10 17:09

      What will be different?

      JAbu.R15 - 2012-06-11 12:58

      Steve was in the technical team that selected those players remember. he was always there with pitso!

  • Wesley - 2012-06-10 17:11

    Get some players that wants to play for the country and that can spell soccer, not matter what colour, it can,t be only the coach.

  • Jimmy - 2012-06-10 17:12

    I think the notion that these players don't try hard enough is misplaced. They are just not good enough. They are not as good as we all want them to be. So you can get Wenger and Mourinho and Sir Alex but they still won't beat teams like Nigeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast or even Botswana and Ethiopia(apparently)

      Harold - 2012-06-10 21:28

      You are so right Jimmy a proper programme over many years will produce a team worth talking about. Our guys lack the physical stature to be top players. We need strength training and not this tap dncing rubbish they produce now. I am always embarrassed when they score a goal and do that stupid dance it shows lack of discipline and self pride they behave like street tsotze,s not top professionals

  • jonathan.jooste - 2012-06-10 17:38

    the whole bafana mess should

  • jonathan.jooste - 2012-06-10 17:39

    the whole bafana mess should

  • marius.potgieter.39 - 2012-06-10 18:17

    Bafana bafana is a joke !!!!

  • Chris - 2012-06-10 18:33

    May be withdraw from all competition for 24 months, rebuild and play friendlies to develop for the future, it is a waste of taxpayers money to go to tournaments

      kndobe - 2012-06-10 19:15

      Then Caf and Fifa would ban us

  • raymond.sebeela - 2012-06-10 18:57

    SuperSport players have killed this team because they have been coached by Pitso. Teko, Katsa, Gould, Mphela. Pitso and the core of this team have messed up. Safa also, has no leader. Where do we even start fixing the problem

  • Cecil Machi - 2012-06-10 20:03

    Maybe it's time SAFA and the whole soccer body take notes from Zambia. There art too Chiefs here in Umzansi lying their fat belly a haven't got what it takes to run soccer.

  • mpho.phawe - 2012-06-10 20:20

    khompela is following PITSO'S foot STEPS WITH HIS LAME EXSCUSES...WE DNT WNT exscuses WE WNT A BTTR RESULTS PLS if he cnt prdc tht he must b exscused as well.

  • keithronald.wildschut - 2012-06-10 20:42

    South African can be a giant in Africa as well as the world if they just go back to the basics.Invest more at ground level and please do this properly.Bring back annual provincial tournaments at primary and secondary schools.Copy the development program from other sporting codes that is successful and please get our administration of the beautiful game from bottom to top in order. Start with a national scouting program with its base in regional and provincial academies.Make use of the best local coaches with the necessary soccer credentials and experience.Let soccer become again the people's sport.To my white compatriots there is a outcry from your quarters about transformation in the sport.As long as your ex-Model C schools even those with predominantly vast black learner totals are encouraging rugby and actually stiffling the growth of soccer it will never be realised.We need all stakeholders to come to the party and change this state of affairs in the beautiful game.

  • mzijimmym - 2012-06-11 08:17

    Bafana Bafana players are not serious. They are making me feel like an Amakhosi fan-slways hoping for the best that never come. From now onwards I will concerntrate on the Boks. Amabhokobhoko is very is almost similar to Amabhakbhaka what they have in common is commitment to success!

  • chi.diphoko - 2012-06-11 08:36

    We have changed the coaches its enough. SAFA need to look @ reshuffling the starting eleven of the players. These boys are too relaxed as a result they loosing focus and dont do their work properly.

  • Phenyo123 - 2012-06-11 10:06

    Please just stick with your Rugby, keep scrumbling. Just name a good white player who can play at this level at the moment, does any name come to mind? we no longer have the Eric Tinclers, Mokoko(i.e Neil Tovey's). gone are those days, because rug-by takes priority at your schools and you come and blame tranformation. you need to encourage soccer in your schools and stop being cry babies. you jump at an opportunity to criticise anything that appears black. So please do not try and confuse soccer to rug-by, we do not need fly halfs, scrumblers and so on in soccer, we need soccer players please.

  • chi.diphoko - 2012-06-11 10:24

    Change the palyers or cut their salaries, that will make them focus, We dont have to blame coaches anymore.

  • thato.o.moja - 2012-06-11 13:33

    Overpaid local players that have no desire to represent their country. Are we professional drawers?

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