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Barttlet up for a challenge as he joins Golden Arrows


Golden arrows decision to persuade former Bafana Bafana striker Shaun Barttlet to join the team must be applauded. His experience will really be vital on the players though we don’t know much about his technical abilities. He has worked with Muhsin Ertugral; the combination of their ideas should bring smiles to the Arrows' boss Manto Madlala.

Barttlet is joining other former Bafana players like Doctor Khumalo who is the assistant Kaizer Chiefs caretaker, Thanda Royal Zulu coach Neil Tovey and Bidvest Wits assistant coach. These are former Bafana players who left a legacy during their careers. They are the last group that lifted an African Cup of Nations trophy. Can Battlet’s experience bring smiles to Abafana Bes’thende family?

Barttlet is the second all time leading scorer behind Benni McCarthy with Bafana as he retired with 28 goals in 74 appearances. His skill on the ball next to the eighteen area will definitely sharpen the Arrows strikers. He has been sharing his knowledge on Super Disk on at Super Sport. This time he’s got a different challenge.

Leading a team and playing for a team are two different tasks. Coaching means you have to account to the team management for the results of the team. Of course pressure from the supporters and the media will amount. Barttlet has to take all this and show the world what he is made of. The last time he got a medal was in 2008 with Kaizer Chiefs and he now need more as an assistant coach.

Seeing local former players who left a lasting legacy during their time taking such positions promises a brighter future for our national team future coaches. Perhaps as they are developing in local teams one day they will be granted an opportunity to reach sky if they fail end up on the moon.

Barttlet is one of the former player(s) that was hardly featured negatively on the media. He is expected to install this to the young stars at the Golden arrows family.

Free State Stars coach and Bafana Assistant coach Steve Komphela began his career like this and now he is one of the most respected local coaches despite the fact that his team failed to book themselves a sport in the Nedbank Cup final. Will Barttlet make his presence felt in the South African football fraternity? Only time and experience will tell.



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