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South Africa: SAFA should invest in Robot Soccer Players

Failing to qualify for the African cup of nation to be hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea has proved that our national players are trembling before the polls. The dreams of the nation in participating in the Afcon 2012 were crushed on Saturday afternoon when Bafana Bafana failed to convert all their chances. Instead players like Itumeleng Khune were auditioning for Isidingo with their unnecessary time wasting tactics.

Our team needed one goal to qualify on the contrary they failed. What was in their mind was to settle for a draw. The skill of convincing the ball to touch the net needs a serious awareness in this country. In seven (7) games that have been played by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams Super Sport United who are log leaders and Mamelodi have both managed to score13 goals with the aid of foreign players. This shows how we are struggling as the nation.

In the past seven (7) years South African players have barely
won the goal leading scorer award compared to foreign players. In 2005/4 Zambian international Collen Mbesuma won the award with 25 goals. After this record there is no player that has matched this record both our local and foreign players. Even the Soweto giant’s teams Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are failing to alter their chances.

After our poorest performance at the 1998 world cup it was suggested that if a South African Coach can take over things could turn for the better. Though this idea was not adopted then but finally it was adopted just after the 2010 world cup. Pitso Mosimane took over and he introduced his plan of action till and many thought he was going to take the nation forward. It’s still early though since he has only 13 months since taking over.

Former Bafana striker Philemon Masinga has suggested that Mosimane should be given a chance. And even player like Kagiso Dikgacoi has backed Mosimane to stay. This debate about underperforming coaches who are always fired after the crucial games can be stopped by players if they could stop kicking the ball like pensioners. Perhaps we should call Zakumi to come and help us on the striking force. As for our so called number one striker Katlego Mphela he seems to be enjoying kicking the ball wide so that the ball runners run throughout the game.

South African football Association (SAFA) must work hard in developing young blood with skills, confidence and patriotism. All we have to do now is to chill and wait for 2014 world cup and stop blaming the Inyanga (Witch-doctor) that is claiming to be owed by SAFA.  Even if the story of being owed is true I doubt he deserve to be paid because we lost.

Story by Luvo Mlobeli/ Leave your comments for me below the comment box or send them via email to
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