Radebe: New era for Bafana

2011-11-11 09:02

Johannesburg - Former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe believes the national side's Nelson Mandela Challenge clash against the Ivory Coast can mark a new era for the team.

Radebe admits Bafana's failure to qualify for next year's Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea will go down as one of the darkest days in the nation's footballing history, but the former Kaizer Chiefs ace believes the team needs to move past that and start focusing on the future.

"I think we've seen that we made a mistake. We can blame them (Bafana) forever or we can look forward to the future", he told

"The boys have worked very hard. We were just unfortunate that results (0-0 against Niger) didn't go our way. We can't dwell on that anymore."

Meanwhile, Radebe has also given Pitso Mosimane his full backing, and the ex-Leeds United captain is confident the head coach can steer the team away from their recent disappointments.

He added: "Pitso has done a great job. I believe he will get the boys together, get them to regroup quickly.

"I think he has a vision with young players and that is going to work for us."

Radebe, capped 70 times by South Africa between 1992 and 2005, believes that despite Bafana's failure to reach the last two Africa Cup of Nations, the team has still progressed on the international front.

"If you look at the team we have now, we don't have that problem of depth anymore. We have a strong team with lots of top players to choose from."

Radebe sees the game against the Elephants as the perfect opportunity to begin re-grouping.

"Ivory Coast is a great team. We have been there before and we know what it feels like to be one of the best teams around. A result against them would be a great chance for us go forward," he said.

The league form of veteran strikers Benni McCarthy and Siyo's time in international football has come and gone, and that the new breed of players need to be given the chance to prove themselves.

"Benni and Nomvethe have done their job for the team. We need to look at our youngsters. If this team wants to progress we can't be going back to older player," he concluded.


  • baxitoo - 2011-11-11 09:36

    After every failure, it's a new era for Bafanas, the anus

  • Arthur - 2011-11-11 10:15

    Didn’t we just had a new start after the world cup failure. It would have been a new start if the Coach resigned together with SAFA' useless officials. I want ex players like Doctor, Tovey , Clive Barker to run SAFA.

      nhamo.dzenyika - 2011-11-11 10:39

      Arthur, you talk of SAFA; how many club accolades does SA clubs hold? If my memory serves me right, the last time a South Afrian club did well was way back in 1995 when Orlando Pirates won the Club championship. Clubs are feeder to the national team and if they are sick, the national team also gets sick. Just a reflection

      Arthur - 2011-11-11 15:47

      @ nhamo.dzenyika, you right psl teams provide players for bafana. However SAFA as the mother body cant sit back and wait for PSL teams to produce. They need to ensure that there is proper youth development. they need to direct SA soccer in the right direction its their mandate.

  • Danny - 2011-11-11 11:10

    Come Lucas, time has come for you to become involved - you have all the credentials. You should be the coach of the side and also influence a clean smooth-running administration and player management. It could really be quite simple - it just needs a good head like yours to take total charge and ownership.

      katereggaborgio - 2011-11-11 11:39

      u re right danny,chief should be part and parcel of the team,he should have a role to play,his inspiration is paramount

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