Former Bafana Bafana coach, Clive Barker, has questioned current coach, Shakes Mashaba’s policy of tending to choose younger players.
Criticism has been levelled at Mashaba for his selection policy and with recent results not going his way, including a shock 3-1 defeat to Mauritania in an AFCON qualifier, the pressure on the under-fire coach is mounting.
“He could be in for a shock reaction if the right result doesn’t come for Bafana. I’ve told a lot of people that there are players who can play at club level and there are international level performers,” Barker told Soccer Laduma.
“The players he’s picked have got to play at the highest level. You’ve got to make sure they have already delivered. So, to choose very young players is nice… you’re pretty when you’re young and you’re ugly when you’re old… and he has pulled it off in some instances, like with Rivaldo Coetzee.”
“Honestly, outside of that, I wouldn’t take too many chances at international level. I mean David Beckham played against us and, when you play that calibre of player, young is not so beautiful,” he added.
Shakes Mashaba will hope for redemption when Bafana take on Senegal in the 2015 edition of the Nelson Mandela Challenge tonight.