SAFA seeks German help

2012-01-23 09:03

Johannesburg - Almost all of South Africa’s national teams failed to qualify for major international tournaments last year which has raised a certain level of concern not only for the fans but also for the South African Football Association (SAFA).

Planning for the future, SAFA is putting procedures into place to help identify young talent. The association has engaged their German counterparts to help identify players for their academies.

SAFA’s chief executive officer, Robin Petersen, says there is a lot of talent in the country which needs to be developed. He said that the German expert will work hand-in-hand with our development coaches.

"We are working with this German expert who has done the talent identification for his country before and he knows what to do. We need to identify players from the lowest age who can be promoted from as far as under-15 until they can play for Bafana Bafana so that we avoid having all teams failing to qualify. Our German expert will help us on this," Petersen said.

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  • mtuzam - 2012-01-23 09:25

    it amazes me why do we have to go to german for development lesson learnt now...when this as said in 2006 by Pereria that we need serious development. its just another story that will go to the fans as an apolegetic gesture for poor perfomance at ALL the levels in SAFA!

  • wayne.nkuna - 2012-01-23 10:47

    pethetic, someone has to get fired for this blunder, someone is doing a whole lot of wrong thigs uo therer. fat cats

  • paulo.mamede - 2012-01-23 10:58

    blablabla! Pathetic Banana Banana.

  • Shane - 2012-01-23 11:19

    It won't make a difference. The German guy will make recommendations, SAFA will commit to implementing the changes but never will because they're all there just to pick up a paycheck anyway, and then the German guy will leave with lots of money and SA soccer will be the same as it was before. I think the management at SAFA should be outsourced in its entirety so that it can be free of any meddling by South Africans that couldn't give a damn about running the game FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME (very important that).

  • david.lebethe - 2012-01-23 11:43

    Safa doesn't stop to amaze - they had a German (Krog or something) within their development structures over the years, but still failed. Apart from recruiting an "expert" (probably not at cheap price), what will happen to Leal and "good football" we were promised when Pereira first came down here? And again, will the kind (direct) of football played by Germany not interfere with "good football" now adopted by SAFA? Above it all, what does it mean to our natural talent?

  • Meshack Letswalo - 2012-01-23 12:07

    Why go for a German and not Spanish or Barcelona. We failed with the Brazilian model so it is logical to work within the current trends. The other option is for SA rugby administrators to take over football or at least advice safa on development. Be assured that at the next rugby world cup SA will have players we dont yet know of. They seem to produce world class players all the time, so why not engage them.

  • Makhumuzi - 2012-01-23 12:37

    SAFA must think we are fools, central to our national teams not qualifying is the availability of players; so why arent they saying anything about that? These clowns are just there for the safe of it, they dont have a clue of what they must do............

  • Mamaile - 2012-01-23 12:38

    fire the poor coach of bafana bafana b4 is too late. the chap just wana fill his pocket at the expense of the soccer loving supporters of the national team(bafana bafana)

  • bukekile.barnabas - 2012-01-23 12:54

    if u wanted to develop talent in the country, u would do foreigner wants to develop a world beater,outside of his own country of birth. b4 setting up a development system,u need coaching philosophy that matches the talent strengths u have,the fact that you went to germany says alot...philosophies from these countries (brazil,spain) are more common to the average south african player, than germany. we need a south african philosophy,founded by south africans,where the main objective is to enhance the natural strengths of south african players,build on what they have...don't change them

  • Raditshaba - 2012-01-23 13:37

    That is simple. There is no rocket science in that. South Africans can do that. Football in this country at national level needs to be suspended for a period of 2 years to allow that process.

  • Sam - 2012-01-30 10:04

    here we go again,Germans have nothing to do with our soccer it shows SAFA knows nothing about our football the best thing Germany can do is to tell the whole SAFA and the coach to step down

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