Dumitru: SA strikers an insult

2012-03-05 10:21

Johannesburg - Veteran coach Ted Dumitru has launched a scathing attack on South Africa's strikers, describing them as "an insult to professional soccer".

Dumitru, a former Bafana Bafana, Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Sundowns coach, watched on as the national side could only muster a goalless draw against a Senegal outfit in shockingly poor form following their Africa Cup of Nations humiliation last month.

That type of performance has also been an all-too-common experience in the Premiership this season, with none of the top-five goalscorers anywhere close to achieving the expected haul of 25 goals in a season.

"Our strikers are inconsistent and less committed in the box. It's an insult to professional soccer," Dumitru told Sunday World.

"It sounds all too good that our league has a lot of money, but players are judged on performance in the field of play."

Moroka Swallows' Siyabonga Nomvethe and Katlego Mphela of Mamelodi Sundowns currently top the scoring charts with nine each after the opening 17 league encounters - a statistic Bidvest Wits coach Roger de Sa finds unbelievable.

He said: "If they could not score half of the target (25) in 17 games, what will make them score more goals with only 13 games left to play?

"It will be difficult to even get past the 20 goal mark."


  • Poloyatonki - 2012-03-05 10:41

    Soccer is not our sport.

      rlong1952 - 2012-03-05 10:49

      What is your sport? toytoying?

      Dhirshan - 2012-03-05 11:17

      well said! rugby and cricket are our sports

      Matthew - 2012-03-05 11:21

      Neither is cricket or rugby actually.

      Theprodigy - 2012-03-05 12:20

      yea I know why, the national team can't even manage a draw, they suck so bad its a wonder they have any supporters, but then again, they support a government that sucks even worse & they still support them, must be in their genes.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-03-05 12:26

      With so many supporters and potentially so much money to be made by players, I often wonder why not?

  • Luvuyo - 2012-03-05 10:44

    South Africa is gifted with midfielders. Instead of blaming the strikers, we need to use th midfilders more. They need to get into the box more. We can even play 6 midfielders, 3 defenders and 1 striker. We saw what happens at Everton when Steven Pienaar gets into the box. Why can't we do the same here. We saw waht happens when May Mhalangu pushes forward. We know Serero's capability already. These players need to take the responsibilty for scoring goals and leave Mphela only as a finisher. If he has to bring the ball from deep, that is justt a waste. If we set hem free on a run from a good defence splitting pass, then that is a different story. The wingers need to take on the defenders and run to the line then cut the ball back into the box. With a crowded midfield we can alway force errors in th defence of the oppostion. The bottom leine is that if we wait for Mphlea to get one odd good ball and expect him (always) to turn it into something magical, the we will have to wait long.

  • Ian - 2012-03-05 10:53

    SA soccer is pathetic

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-05 10:53

    pick the best players for the role, we will be good!

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-05 11:03

    Yes very much an insult. I don't even watch PSL anymore! But i've watched two leagues for so long, I couldn't now just watch La Liga, so in place of PSL I now watch Bundesliga. EPL I only watch the big games.

  • VaMbozha - 2012-03-05 11:15

    Bring in Benni and things will be OK upfront.

      Bongani - 2012-03-05 12:48

      Why dont you say we must bring back Phil Masinga, now that you calling for Benni. We need to move on. PSL is our biggest problem. Teams play not to lose, because support abuse coaches if they lose.

      wmatinyana - 2012-03-08 08:39


  • Andrew - 2012-03-05 11:49

    Just a thought, but what was the average height and size of our strikers when we did well in 1996 compared with today? I watched our pre-tournament warmup against Namibia in 2010 and we were tiny compared to the Namibians!!

      nhla.prv - 2012-03-05 12:29

      But the Zambians are just built like us and they are African Champs. Its all about the Coach and his style of play.Dump the Brazilian style and play the SA style.Like it was in 1996. And get a better coach !

      Andrew - 2012-03-05 12:44

      @nhla.prv - Sure there is more to it than just the size of our guys, but (and i stand to correction on this) arent Zambia and ourselves the only Southern African nations to win the CAF Cup?? Typically our Northern 'brother' are a lot bigger and athletic than us and even you must admit that does count!

      Bongani - 2012-03-05 12:50

      PSL is our problem Andrew and naive supporters. We are happy when a small team like Pirates win by 1 goal, but angry when Bafana score 1 or no goal. Pirates were knocked out by a nobody team in Angola and ask yourself why.

      Malvern - 2012-03-06 08:27

      @Bongani. Pirates were knocked-out by a 'Nobody Team' in angola..... There lies our problem.... They are not a nobody team. Study Angolan football, and you will appreciate what kind of team they are. the fact that we know little about them does not mean that they are a 'nobody team'. we should learn to respect other team, to study them and to prepare axequately for each opponent. Only then will we start making meaningful progress. Do you know how long the Angolan team had their 'spies' here to prepare for Pirates? Check those details, and you will see how serious they were about the game.

  • Chaapo - 2012-03-05 13:01

    You either forgot or deliberately opted to leave out the fact that this Senegalese team is not the one which displayed poor form went to the championship but a refit where they were trying out mostly virtually unknown under-23s. It does serve your purposes though to be economical with the facts to give the impression that in terms of experience this young Senegalese team, part of a rebuilding effort, would have been close to that of the Bafana players.

  • Bhut' - 2012-03-05 14:02

    Our soccer is often compared to our Cricket and Rugby.... This is very unfair and its like comparing apples with bananas..... In Rugby, in order for you to be number 1 in the world, how many rugby nations do you have to beat??? In Cricket, in order for you to be number 1 in the world, how many cricket nations do you have to beat??? In both cases its less than 10 nations.... While in soccer you have loads and loads of soccer playing nations that you have to beat first before you can claim world dominance......

      Fregee - 2012-03-05 15:23

      In Soccer, in order for you to be number 1 (e.g Spain in SA 2010), how many soccer nations do you have to beat in numbers???

      Bhut' - 2012-03-06 07:48

      Before Spain won the world cup, at what position were they in?????? Top 5..... the world cup boosted they by just 4 positions.

  • Konapi - 2012-03-05 16:34

    Politics & Soccer = Insult in SA soccer.

  • Malvern - 2012-03-06 08:34

    By the way, it is important that you mention that Ted first came to Africa as coach to the now African Champions, Zambia. He may not haVe won the AFCON cup, but he was very successful there. He is a very respected figure, who nutured players who are now coaches in Zambian football. GREAT MAN!!!

  • mpumelelo.matross - 2012-03-08 14:27

    Wise words from the master

  • lmapheto - 2012-03-12 12:43

    Mr. Dumitru what took you so long? I am a social soccer player/lover and supporter...i learn a lot from other soccer players overseas and local...its now obviuos that our strikers have no ambition at all but to just go with the wind...imagine in 2012 Benny is still the top goal scorer with bafana bafana...Drogba scored his 100 goal in the Champions league over the weekend...i dont want to talk about Messi...since Mr. Manyathela past on (may his sould rest in peace) no one dared to set a target...why are they strikers in the first place? Look at the performance of the champions over the weekend...Mr. Sangweni had to soldier from the back to score a goal from a corner kick...its not for the first time he did it and i am sure its not for the last time...Key words Mr. Dumitru ATHLETISISM, SPEED AND ACCURACY...knowledge and application...and Mr. Tebogo Moloi stop telling the players to play around with the ball like we are in a show...1 touch football its good enough for me...Mr. Segolela please bury Santos and cremate Chiefs and will talk later...once again from the Ext 21 Branch in Nelspruit we welcome Mr. Myeni...

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