Cape Town - Kaizer
Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has defended Stuart Baxter following Bafana
Bafana's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, saying the
Englishman needs more time.
South Africa crashed out of contention after losing four of their six
qualifiers which included two back-to-back defeats against Cape Verde
However, Komphela feels that criticism of Baxter is unfair and that
he must be given time to get his methods across to the players.
Speaking to PowerFM, he said: "I strongly believe you
can't point a finger at one person. And my take on it is not going to be
technical or tactical‚ or whatever.
"It's just pure planning. And conviction to the plan. I don't know
whether we are aware‚ as a society‚ that football is a reflection of how
we think and how we go about business.
"Are we patient enough as a nation‚ in anything? You sit down‚ you
think. After thinking you draw a plan. After planning you prepare. After
preparation you start participating.
"And in-between‚ up until you start participating‚ there are going to
be some setbacks and shortfalls. You review‚ reflect and consolidate.
"Move on. Then do it again‚ up until you reach your final
destination. But we South Africans are different. Our thinking is that:
bring a plan‚ let's make it a four or five-year plan‚ or 10.
"The first six months in‚ you immediately think‚ 'No‚ no‚ I must have
achieved my objections'. Very impatient. I think it's high time that we
stopped looking at Bafana Bafana but address ourselves as a nation‚ as a
society. How much patience we have in everything."