Stay true to your identity
Bafana Bafana are in another all or nothing encounter to book a spot in Cameroon. With the Premier Soccer League edging closer to the finish line and in its most fierce contest- Bafana remains the least of footbal fans worries. A cynical adage has it that- fix your home before- you impress the streets. Football identity has won the World Cup before and those without it are yet to make a mark at the global showpiece. South Africa is trying too hard to emulate English football- which is also not yielding results- even for the English themselves. Mzansi's way of playing football has won Bafana the only precious trophy in AFCON 1996. Clive Barker allowed his players to play in a way that only South Africans know how. Kasi flava is what brought spectators to stadiums in late nineties and early 2000s. What Europeans refer to as showboating is exactly how we play. It may be showboating to them but it is our own identity. Showboating to them is Kasi flava here in South Africa. The Spanish cherish their tika-taka, Netherlands still boasting about their total football and Brazil will never lose their 'ginga'. After losing the 1954 World Cup final- Brazil retraced their way back to the roots. When Pele was introduced to global football in 1958- he brought back 'ginga' and that was the beginning of a new era. Bare in mind that Brazil has never had a coach that comes outside of Brazil. Brazil knows that bringing someone to their shores will mean- they'll have to adopt a foreign style of play. Without sounding xenophobic- South African born coaches- are well able.