Once again our beloved Bafana Bafana team have crashed out of a major sporting competition and some might ask, “Is that anything new?” It is rather a sad situation that our country’s national soccer team cannot seem to make any progress and supporters are left pointing fingers at a number of people that could be the cause to this problem. Supporters have continued to voice their frustrations and Coach Shakes Mashaba has been under the knife for quite some time. Would it be correct to blame the coach?
A few weeks back, Mashaba was quoted saying that he should not be blamed for the mishaps that are taking place at the national team as he only has the opportunity to engage with the players a few days before going into an encounter. Fair enough, but don’t all national team coaches go through the same situation? Or am I wrong? It is easy to point fingers at others but what is Shakes doing to change all of what he finds wrong within our football fraternity?
We all are aware of the development system that is in place in South Africa and it is not ranked as one of the best in the world but as the head coach of the national team and may I add that he was part of the U17, U20 and U23 sides, he should have been building up great future prospects. However, he now sits and blames the likes of SAFA Technical Director Neil Tovey for the downfall, certainly not one of the best moves, Shakes! As the head coach, he should by all means have interest in the youth teams and ensure that there are talented individuals who would be influential in the national team.
Another questionable factor is the squad that Mashaba continues to select. It is good that he is trying to give the younger players an opportunity to play but it has heavily back fired on the performance of the team. There is a pool of talented players in this country and let us not forget those that ply their trade overseas. With the likes of Kermit Erasmus being left out of the squad, it makes one wonder what criteria the coach uses to select his team.
This past weekend, we saw a different showcase from the squad that the coach caught flack for but we should take into account that we faced a team that is placed last in the group standings and were known as the ‘’strugglers’’.
A serious call for intervention has to be made. Whether it is with the coach or with the development system as it has been proven that Shakes Mashaba might not be the right man for the job as this is his second stint at national level and now could be the time to bring in some new blood.
Do you think Mashaba should be given more time or should there be a new coach appointed?