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SAFA Insists Bafana Success Lies In Success Of Juniors

SAFA declare the key to Bafana's success

By Soccer Laduma - Jul 31, 2018 08:17 PM

The South African Football Association insist that the success of the senior men’s national football team, Bafana Bafana lies in the performance of the junior national teams.

SAFA recently celebrated the success of South African junior teams qualifying for major tournaments. The women’s U-17 national side, Bantwana qualified for the Fifa Under-17 World Cup to be played in Uruguay later this year while the men’s U-20 national side, Amajita have qualified for the 2019 U20 African Cup of Nations which will take place in Niger.

The women’s senior national team Banyana Banyana have qualified for the Women African Cup of Nations as part of SAFA’s vision 2022.

Speaking at the recent event hosted at SAFA House, President Danny Jordaan declared that the only way for Bafana to enjoy success is if the junior teams continue to be successful at not only qualifying for these competitions but also do well.

“I know that despite the recent success of our junior national teams, the question will always be; what about Bafana Bafana?” said Jordaan.

“Well, we need to realise that football is continuously evolving. In order for us to enjoy success at the top, we need to make sure that our foundations are strong. If our junior teams can begin playing at a regular basis in these international tournaments, then our senior national team will become successful. 

“A lot of the team that did well in at the World Cup in Russia were teams that had a surge of young players who have played in all the youth structures. The teams that relied on senior tried and tested players, all went home early and we need to learn from that,” added the SAFA President.

Meanwhile, the U-17 national team Amajimbos narrowly missed out on a place at the 2019 Africa U17 Cup of Nations after succumbing to a 1-0 defeat to Angola in the final of the COSAFA U17 Championship final this past Sunday. 


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tsoVStinashe Joined: 27 Jul 2018
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tsoVStinashe Aug 01, 2018 02:02 PM
bafanabafana's succes lies on jordan quiting as president
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bucshooligan 1 Joined: 04 Apr 2016
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bucshooligan 1 Aug 01, 2018 01:53 PM
Instead of pumping in money,you are telling us about youngsters.Men just retire and give others a chance
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lebhaka08 Joined: 27 Jul 2018
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lebhaka08 Aug 01, 2018 12:10 PM
@brapaul lol maybe they are building Pyramids. SAFA is failing big time changing coaches wnt help as well
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lebhaka08 Aug 01, 2018 12:08 PM
@brapaul Exactly, atleast six players .its not like we dnt hav great plyrs siphethe ooCream but SAFA cnt c that
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brapaul Aug 01, 2018 11:50 AM
During the Clive Barker's era, we had a team. Clive Barker had a team which we all knew. We knew who was the goalkeeper, rightback ,left back, centerback, right wing ,left wing ,etc. But now we had team rotation system
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Tom Po KeCanon Aug 01, 2018 11:48 AM
True but almost all U17-23 non plays for PSL senior teams.
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brapaul Aug 01, 2018 11:37 AM
@Zingisa1 I agree with you on the issue of development but the problem that we have is implementation. We had those promising young stars but when they supposed to be promoted into bafana they disappear. Why. Because we dont have a team .
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mdo Aug 01, 2018 08:51 AM
I doubt if the house that was started after Clive barker sacking as bafana coach will ever be completed
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Bucsfever16 Aug 01, 2018 07:43 AM
@Dangerous when provoked : who are those youngsters because the likes of Bunting,Thibedi,Ngcobo and Ntiya-ntiya have all been demoted...
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Dangerous when provoked Aug 01, 2018 05:45 AM
And our teams fielding the juniors in our league. Chiefs have promoted a number of young players who were playing under Zwane in the MDC. So Zwane should be an assistant and these boys be given game time especially with friendlies and weaker teams.
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Zingisa1 Aug 01, 2018 12:47 AM
@Matayitayi Junior squads player scouting is flawed as it doesn't cover every square inch of SA.
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Zingisa1 Aug 01, 2018 12:42 AM
@brapaul Sorry bro, you can bring Jesus Christ Himself to coach Bafana and He will still fail, what we need is doing right tings at the right time such as grassroot scouting, setting up junior regional squads, provincial squads and ultimately national squads. All identified capable youngsters from such a process be enrolled in SAFA accredited academies so to undergo a unique SA developed football program and philosophy based from our physical attributes and general SA football strengths like dribbling.
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Matayitayi Jul 31, 2018 09:50 PM
30 + players must be dropped at National team
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Matayitayi Jul 31, 2018 09:49 PM
Fully agree with you Mr President
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brapaul Jul 31, 2018 09:22 PM
Bafana bafana needs a mentor, someone who has football brains , someone who has a winning mentality , someone who has the best interest for the team and the nation at heart. Not those bricklayers who always says they are building, since 1998 building till now they didn't roof.
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Bucsfever16 Jul 31, 2018 08:27 PM
Mxm No News here...Cowditor when are you opening predictions kanti?

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