South Africans hang their heads in shame this week and struggle to understand the sad thought of not competing in the AFCON tournament, which we once won. The boys will not be making the trip to Gabon next year to stand toe-to-toe with the giants of African football. The supporters are leveling the blame on coach Shakes Mashaba... They think there is more that he could have done.
The biggest point of criticism leveled against Mashaba is his selection policy. There is no doubt that South Africa is a nation of very talented footballers. However, some supporters feel as if these players are not appearing in the national colors. On top of this, the supporters feel that the ones who are fielded are not done so soon enough, the prime example being Keagan Dolly, who scored a bombing brace for Bafana Bafana over the weekend.
“Shakes has shot himself in the foot by ignoring Dolly, Erasmus, Mokotjo and the white Dutch goal machine (Lars Veldwijk). We could say he did this on purpose as none of them didn’t want to play for the squad. Mokotjo even retired due to anger.” – Sam-4-Dowz.
“You should have fielded Dolly a long time ago, now it’s too late.” – Tboz_Downs.
“Shakes cost himself his job, he has been playing his favorite players who did nothing.” – Castro-billiat-Dolly.
It seems that Thamsanqa Gabuza’s brace over the weekend did little to save him from the critics, many still question why he is there in the place of more in-form strikers at club level such as Kermit Erasmus or Prince Nxumalo.
We can only wonder what Bafana Bafana would look like if it featured some of our most prominent stars. It is unfortunate that the relationship between the head coach and some of these players has soured to the point where they have stated that they will not honor the call if asked to do duty for their country.
Now the attention turns to the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Will we see the same team featuring or the Bafana all stars that the supporters want to see, this is a team that would include the likes of Kermit Erasmus, Moeneeb Josephs, Prince Nxumalo, Kamohelo Mokotjo, and the semi-South African Lars Veldwijk.
Do you think Bafana’s fortunes would be better with a different team?