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2013 AFCON: Only if SAFA can stop interfering and let the Coaches do the job

It has been 16 years since South Africa celebrated an African glory under the leadership of Neil Tovey. All eyes are on South Africa come 2013 AFCON. SA replaces Libya as the host for next year Afcon due to political instability. There is no doubt that our country is ready in terms of infrastructure. However it is questionable on our national team readiness that keeps on dropping on the FIFA rankings that it will manage to turn the tables around and flabbergast many.

One more time eyes will be on the national coach Pitso Mosimane to prove himself as the best local coach by taking the team to the final stages of the tournament if he doesn’t win it. The fact that he has just been joined by Steve Mbutana Komphela who is currently managing Free state stars has actually restored hope on many home football lovers that our national pride can be prioritized by taking best decisions  that will result on winning the games despite of the team we play. Komphela will be there working with Pitso Mosimane and Jairo Leal.

The Kroonstad born mentor was once a national under 23 Coach though he did not impress that much but he has worked well with the players and produced the best in them. He is expected to add value to the national team. Perhaps he can also teach the current coach and the SAFA executive the CAF rules and avoid the embarrassment of dancing for a major loss as we saw this happening when we failed to qualify for 2012 AFCON which was won by Zambia.

The country has hotels, proper roads, stadiums of international class and other infrastructures that are needed for a successful international event. All we need now is to find a consistent team and start building up. It is questionable though whether Mosimane and his two assistants will be able to work together without any clash of ideas that could result on a national disaster in terms of results on the pitch. Mosimane and Komphela were quoted in the media saying they have been friends for some time and they will form a great technical team. Komphela even quoted from the bible during his announcement by SAFA, maybe he will pass the word of God to the players as well and lead us to the glorious moments instead of pointing fingers on the traditional heal (inyanga) for our poor results.

A t this moment it would be a lie to say we are ready as the nation. The fact that we could not qualify for 2012 afcon and failed to win the friendly matches that followed after we failed to qualify. Zambia has never hosted a major tournament, it has no bigger names or brands but they defeated big teams such Ivory Coast and wrote their names on the history books of major achievements. If they did it coming from the Southern part of Africa, well, what can stop us? If SAFA will stop to interfere and allow these guys to do their duties surely we’ll sing a different song from the one we have been singing over the years.

As reported by IOL, the South African Football Association (Safa) expects Bafana Bafana to reach the final of the 2013 African Cup of Nations, and has effectively warned coach Pitso that he stands to lose his job if the side cannot make it past the group stages. Let’s hope the SAFA promise will work on Pitso’s best ability to produce good and expected results.

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