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Williams On Bafana: We Are Not Hungry

Mark Williams On Bafana Bafana: We Are Not Hungry

By Soccer Laduma - Sep 07, 2017 01:55 PM

Bafana Bafana legend, Mark Williams, has spoken of his disappointment in the South African national team’s losses against Cape Verde, saying that our players are not hungry enough for success.

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Bafana suffered back-to-back defeats against Cape Verde in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers which have, to a great extent, narrowed the country’s chances of qualifying for a spot in the prestigious competition next year.

Speaking to the former Bafana striker, Williams highlighted that one of our many problems in the national team is lack of players plying their trade abroad.

“We are spoilt, because we can stay in our own country, just like England, as soon as England’s money is going to go down and players need to go out of their country to go and play football, then England will win another World Cup or another European Cup,” Williams told the Siya crew. 

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“But, because they have so much money in the country, the players don’t need to go out, just like we are getting it here.”

“We don’t know what it is to go and compete in Africa where it’s hot. If you look at the team that we had in 1997, eight or nine of our players played overseas. So, we had a squad of players that were hungry, that brought the experience from abroad.”

“Look at Belgium, where are most of the players playing? In England, so when they play with the Belgium national team, they bring all their experience into the national team and it is very difficult to beat a team like that.”

“It is something that we are lacking, we need to be hungry, so the more players of ours playing overseas and coming back to represent Bafana Bafana, we will bring a lot of experience in the team. It is a fact, you can’t go around it,” he concluded.  


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machithazonke Joined: 10 Mar 2012
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machithazonke Sep 09, 2017 03:18 PM
mxm
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Champanze Joined: 06 Jul 2015
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Champanze Sep 08, 2017 11:15 AM
I get your point Mark, but the under 23 squad of 1997/98 was doing wonders and most the players were playing in the psl, but looking at this guys, really it's like watching OP last season. This guys don't respect the country.
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louismakolobe Sep 08, 2017 10:47 AM
Is not like they're not hungry, just that psl teams are signing young players nt because they are talented bt because they know their families, friends or they gv them money to sign them. This is wt is killing our national team. until psl teams start giving young players a chance because of their talents then we will have a competitive national team in 2024. that's it.
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louismakolobe Sep 08, 2017 10:46 AM
Is not like they're not hungry, just that psl teams are signing young players nt because they are talented bt because they know their families, friends or they gv them money to sign them. This is wt is killing our national team. until psl teams start giving young players a chance because of their talents then we will have a competitive national team in 2024. that's it.
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chairman* Joined: 04 Sep 2017
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chairman* Sep 07, 2017 09:49 PM
I don't mean to point fingers but the fact is that our players are not playing for the country,they just play for themselves. Secondly the selection of players will be always a problem,favouritism is killing our national team.
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Myaka weliPhefeni Sep 07, 2017 05:19 PM
Players who play overseas was on the bench,i dont understand what u mean Mark,Serero, Erasmus,Mokotjo,Jali and the others was benched what a reason for that,u a scared to pointing fingers to Baxter bcz his line up was bad
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Vongani! Sep 07, 2017 05:08 PM
Sundowns cows lack hunger, because they are use to backdoor, akere
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Vongani! Sep 07, 2017 05:07 PM
@RoyDaNWA haha,,lol
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RoyDaNWA Joined: 27 Jan 2012
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RoyDaNWA Sep 07, 2017 04:39 PM
Thats true they are only hungry for ladies and money which was different from Class 1996.They are after cars,booze and different ladies
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THE NK Sep 07, 2017 04:34 PM
True that.
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modogo Sep 07, 2017 04:30 PM
Stop blocking my comments pls let me express myself because we are in a democratic system
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Funkym Sep 07, 2017 02:58 PM
@limp side south african media is not at all patriotic their agenda is to break and divide more than uniting and building, had it been shakes you were not gonna hear the end of it, baxter made very poor decisions and must account
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Funkym Sep 07, 2017 02:56 PM
I disagree, Baxter favoured furman who is not doing so well domestically. he went for a not so creative pairing of Furman and Kekana choosing to bench Zungu, jali and Mokotjo which for me i think was the breaking point. shakes hard work went down the drain so sad
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mjaji92 Sep 07, 2017 02:44 PM
@ThatoMaphanga unomona yerrr , he is the only best player we have la emzansi for the past century
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M J Sep 07, 2017 02:42 PM
Total disagree with Mark, I mean how many overseas based players in the past 2 games were on the bench? in the last game your Jali's, Kamoholo, Zungu, Serero were all in the bench and yet we continue to use Furman who's out of form. I mean you have Dino Ndlovu whose playing very well abroad but you don't call him, also Kamoholo is very respected is playing very well but you put them on the bench. We need someone in the middle of the park who can do things happen like what Teko and Yeye used to do, or Are you going to say Yeye is too old? then describe the word experience's meaning.
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limp side Sep 07, 2017 02:27 PM
Lot of politics kill south african football especially media and SAFA
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Gadla NXastagie 02 Sep 07, 2017 02:18 PM
Ziyaboza lezinto.uzobona kumaclub azo sezizenza ingozi.ungaze uth ziklwibhisi zabadlali kant ziyethusa la kuPsl
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Paula Sep 07, 2017 02:15 PM
Baxter is the problem......
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Gugusi23 Sep 07, 2017 02:14 PM
these guys don't care, some are ben overcame by their transferes to luxurious contracts
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ThatoMaphanga Sep 07, 2017 02:13 PM
we are busy worshiping the so called Mzansis number one for show boating and making every save look spectacular instead of pushing him to Europe to compete with the best.

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