Much has been said about the changes happening in South African football as the national team undergoes a transformation phase. Upon coach Shakes Mashaba’s appointment as Bafana Bafana head coach, he faced the task of sorting out many current issues within South African football.
Here are three potential areas of concern we could face going forward.
Before the death of Senzo Meyiwa, Bafana Bafana was blessed to have two of the most talented goalkeepers at the peak of their powers in one team. Yes, Khune may be young in goalkeeping terms, but it remains to be seen if younger shot-stoppers in South Africa can reach the heights of both Meyiwa and Khune.
This has been the most talked about problem in local football because, at the moment, we just do not have a 20-30 goal a season striker in Mzansi. We are not sure how long this poor goal-scoring trend will continue for, but if it is not treated, we won’t see another Benni McCarthy or Mark Williams anytime soon.
We tend to put much of the focus on the striking department, neglecting the fact that there are not many out-and-out wingers left in the country. In the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Shakes opted to use midfielder Oupa Manyisa as a winger, this was just one indication that we could be facing a problem of not having quality, authentic wingers in the country.
What other areas of concern do you think we are facing with regards to the national team?