Safa cause of Bafana's fall
Pitso Mosimane was dismissed as if he was the overall and fundamental reason behind Bafana Bafana's performances.
I am not a Pitso "Jingles" Mosimane fan, but neither was I among those who lobbied for his expulsion. I believe there is a need for me to take an objective approach in analysing our football fraternity. The poor performances by Bafana have been on the horizon for some time now; in fact it was long overdue that we would be embarrassed as a nation.
In frustration, Safa has been changing coaches in the hope of restoring glory to our national team. That exercise proved futile and demonstrated there was more to it than placing mere emphasis on coaching alone.
The most impressive performance by our national team was when we hosted - and won - the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996 on home soil.
Since then, Bafana Bafana's performance has continued to fall. At the 1998 Afcon Cup in Burkina Faso, Bafana Bafana managed to win a silver medal after losing to Egypt in the final.
Bafana qualified twice for the Fifa World Cup in the approximately 20 years since SA returned to the international fold. The 2010 appearance was a privilege because we were the hosts. In all these appearances, our performances were a disgrace and below par. In 2010 we were the first host ever to be knocked out in the group stages.
In 1998 French coach Philippe Troussier was roped in to help our national team during the World Cup because France was his native country.
Safa banked on Troussier's coaching skills and his knowledge of the French team because we were scheduled to play them in the opening match. World-renowned coaches like Carlos Queiroz, veteran Carlos Alberto Parreira, Philippe Troussier, Stuart Baxter and so on could not bring Bafana good fortune. Surprisingly, these coaches are the most sought-after around the globe.
Why is it that these highly and tactically experienced coaches failed to perform when they were at the helm of Bafana Bafana? My take is that there is nothing wrong with the coaches. The problem lies with our football governing body.
Who evaluates Safa's performance if Bafana Bafana is underperforming, like it is now? They have caused the heads of many coaches to roll, so when is it the turn of Safa officialdom? It has become too intimidating for coaches to coach our national team because of "untouchable" Safa management.
Coaches assume their responsibilities with an "I'm in the hot seat" mentality and don't focus on their job or mandate.