Sikhosana slams SA's tactics

2012-11-15 10:10

Johannesburg - Former Bafana Bafana striker Jerry Sikhosana pulled no punches in his assessment of the current team after they lost 1-0 to Zambia at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday night.

Chipolopolo outplayed South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge and Sikhosana, who was nicknamed 'Legs of Thunder' in his heyday, saw red and blasted Bafana coach Gordon Igesund for his tactics.

"I listened to both coaches (Igesund and Herve Renard) after the match and I must say I was impressed with Renard," Sikhosana told Football411.

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"To put it simple, Renard's philosophy is that if the opponents don't come at his team then it is an opportunity for them to attack. But with Igesund, I think he is more concerned about defending than attacking. I think Bafana play negative football," Sikhosana charged.

"I'm concerned that we worry about conceding goals than actually scoring them, so in a way it seems like it is fine when we are not conceding but we are not going to win games if we are not attacking. I say Bafana play negative football for that reason."

Sikhosana further alluded to the popular saying in football that the best way to defend is to attack.

"If we attack the opponents, then we don't have to worry about defending because we will always be in their half so they will worry about us and they won't have breathing space. Against Zambia we hardly created a chance and therefore, we couldn't score," he added.

"I believe in Gordon but the bottom line is we can only achieve results if we attack the opponents, not the other way round."


  • richard.arends.9 - 2012-11-15 10:34

    Jerry, you can only attack if you have the players to do so.

  • vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-11-15 10:34

    did they have any tactic??

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-11-15 10:36

    What do you know Sikhosana, u were lousy as a player so what makes u think what u think makes any difference. GI has nothing to work with. Start criticising the players who dont know what it means to play for their country

      nhlapop - 2012-11-15 10:53

      Wena what do you know? You are the one whos lousy here. JS was the most popular soccer star during his time. Can you tell us about you, yi dont think you even know how many PSL teams we have in our league.

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-11-15 10:57

      Sikhosana, Malinga, Williams, we don't have players anywhere near that calibre anymore.

  • rob.thompsett.9 - 2012-11-15 10:48

    All South African teams are world class exempt Bafana Bafana who are no where,shurly in this country with 51 million people you should be able to find world class players!

      andile.mantyi - 2012-11-15 12:16

      U cant compare soccer with rugby & cricket.How many nations are playing the two sports competetively as cmpred to soccer which is played by almost every country in the world.Rugby & cricket teams would definately have a much better probability of being world class since they are cmpeting with a very few national teams.

  • nhlapop - 2012-11-15 10:55

    We dont have players that are willing to die when they wear that Gold jersy. GI need to find quality striker that know how to score goals. I really dont know why Masenamela was siting on the banch.

  • lehlohonolo.khetsi - 2012-11-15 11:19

    Ok. So most of the comments here indicate the lack of quility Playerds. Thats is encouraging because in the most people would be quick to get the coach fired. Now that we have acknowledged the proplem how do we solve it. whose responsibility is it to develop good players.

  • tresor.mpika.9 - 2012-11-15 11:55

    Did Jerry realy say all those words, wow! so his english has improve significantly, for a moment there I thought it was a diplomat speaking

  • paul.samuel1 - 2012-11-16 00:18

    Agree with Richardson. We must play our football. But these big JHB clubs must invest in academies instead if buy

  • paul.samuel1 - 2012-11-16 00:22

    ...instead of buying the best players from smaller teams. Our best player of the last 5 years was trained at The School of Excellence and had very good understanding of his position the the technical ability to kick a ball properly. Does anyone here believe that Spain would've been world number 1 today if Barcelona's team wasn't 60% players from their own academy?

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