SA soccer 'lacks development'

2012-11-11 13:44

Johannesburg - One coach had just beaten the other in a bruising PSL encounter on Saturday, but once the topic turned to development, both Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa and his Free State Stars counterpart, Steve Komphela, were in firm agreement - there simply is not enough being done to grow the game in South Africa.

The Premiership mentors believed poor development structures resulted in a lack of consistency and tactical nous in top-flight soccer in the country.

"I think it goes down to development," De SA said after the Buccaneers bagged a 1-0 victory at Orlando Stadium.

"I don't think we have genuine development structures where we can coach players from a young 11, 12-year-old to become a professional.

"Ajax [Cape Town] do it now, but that's it. Very few clubs have got that system going.

"We feel it at professional level when they get to the top and we haven't really worked on them.

"That's why we always say that, tactically, we are a poor footballing nation still.

"Technically we're very good, but tactically we're still way behind and it comes out from development structures."

Komphela said a lack of consistency at the highest level was affecting the growth of the game.

"To me I attribute it to inconsistency in terms of levels of concentration and focus," Komphela said.

"This takes me back to what (former Platinum Stars coach) Miguel Gamondi once mentioned - the problem with South African players is that they are not consistent enough to win one match after the other and continue.

"It, however, is a catch-22 of the modern South African game. Coaches are not given enough time to produce unrealistic results, and subsequently when the losses start to mount, the knee-jerk reaction is to give the coach the chop.

"It is one thing that we coaches start thinking about and working on.

"As much as we go to every match and say, 'let me not bungle this one and look at the next', we always demand from the players to win matches, and if it's not happening there's a whole lot of other questions."

Komphela hinted towards the model of English club Arsenal where Arsene Wenger has been in charge since 1996.

In that time Wenger's side has secured a record run of 49 unbeaten league matches.

"For me the quality in our team - do you have players with the mental strength to go five, six, 49 matches (unbeaten) like Arsenal? "Even for them it came from years of working, keeping to the same philosophy.

"Sometimes we change a lot of things, whether it be structure, personnel, or even belief."

Results are garnered through a lengthy period of hard work, according to Komphela, who again pointed abroad for an example.

"If you are chasing a result, you are not as patient as (Spanish outfit) Barcelona.

"They don't care, they play the same way whether they win or lose.

"With us, we change. What effect does it have in terms of your team consistently winning?

"So the team lacks belief in terms of how we do things."


  • jeancollinsmulivha - 2012-11-11 14:04

    I dnt agree with that! The only problem with sa the management of SAFA(sa football assiociation) they dnt give local player a chance to play for big club,they allow many foreiners to play,for local clubs

      smalefane - 2012-11-11 14:49

      Your comment does not make any sense. SAFA has no control over the movement of players. Clubs decide that. But of course, we can fault SAFA for not putting more development into schools and townships.

  • spiekeries - 2012-11-11 14:55

    Yip, your precious ANC can spent R1,4 billion on useless gawamant ministers' dwellings, but don't want to "waste" money on decent sporting facilities for township kids.

      spiekeries - 2012-11-11 15:12

      The thumbs down is clearly from a ANC supporter, idiot

      wandile.ncobela.3 - 2012-11-13 12:11

      the issue here is the development, wena u bringing political party, Can wt u just said contribute in changing what we believe is holding us back in terms of scouting and developing youngsters. please don't come and ruin sport column with ur political tendency. welldone to Rodger De Sa and Steve khompela for help in identifying what need to be considered as quick as possible. Mr Spiekeries please respect and take into consideration that sports were meant to unite nations, irrespective of colours.

  • phumlani.loliwe - 2012-11-11 15:06

    The problem with people in football in this country is the same with our bloody government, they think telling us what we already know over and over again will solve things. Instead of complaining every other weekend about lack of development, come up with solutions for a change or shut the hell up!

  • Carlton - 2012-11-11 15:07

    SAFA should go the same route has SARU, plough money into universities and high school competitions, start soccer orientated high high schools. And start adding a little colour to an otherwise monotone squad AA maybe ;-p

  • jan.ramoshaba.5 - 2012-11-11 16:42

    Technicaly good but tecticaly poor good u have noticed that is now ages our soccer not improving what is it that SAFA has done about that?.Because each PSL and mvela clubs have development progrems or els rather biuld n soccer institution were by we will have development progrems at early stage of growth make jomo sono and clive backer the management of that institution.

  • lunga.biyela.5 - 2012-11-11 17:06

    The issue is not just development. Management of the game is poor and the structures are poor. There is not enough being done to educate those who run the game. More money needs to be poured into the structures to the players and coaches up to a good standard.

  • yaseen.bux.5 - 2012-11-11 18:23

    How long have we been singing the same song?

  • tokollo.moeletsi - 2012-11-12 13:17

    SAFA is to be blamed for the lack in development..... The entire SAFA admin is clueless and short-sighted when it come to soccer a typical example is how do you expect a coach to take the team to the semi finals when that same team struggles to qualify for a tournament within a short period. SAFA needs to learn to have a long-term goal instead finding an easy solution... We can't keep on hosting tournaments to gain automatic qualification. Bring in younger players to the fold... introduce the youngsters to Internationale football so they can adapt and gain experience and provide centers to develop these youngsters from grass roots levels. The money and infrastructural ability is in place... we are just lacking the brains to run the projects.

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