Bafana should take some notes

Cameroon have de­fied all odds and emerged vic­to­ri­ous at the 2017 Africa Cup of Na­tions. be­lieves Bafana can learn a few lessons from the In­domitable Li­ons

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Bafana Bafana may not have qual­i­fied for the re­cently con­cluded 2017 Africa Cup of Na­tions, but for fu­ture ref­er­ence, the South African na­tional team may find that there are sev­eral lessons to be learnt from newly crowned cham­pi­ons, Cameroon.

Af­ter ev­ery Bafana fail­ure, there is al­ways talk of a re­build­ing ex­er­cise. The ques­tion is: how long does it take to build Bafana?

In this year’s tour­na­ment, teams such as those of Gabon, Mali, Sene­gal, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Burk­ina Faso used youth­ful squads, en­er­getic young men who – de­spite not all win­ning the tro­phy – looked hun­gry for suc­cess.

Cameroon were no-hop­ers and were given lit­tle chance of clinch­ing the ti­tle against much-fan­cied sides such as Sene­gal, Ghana, Egypt, Al­ge­ria and even Burk­ina Faso.

Yet, the team that would have been re­garded by a cer­tain sports min­is­ter as a “bunch of no­bod­ies” roared all the way to con­ti­nen­tal glory, with their vic­tory be­ing the di­rect har­vest of a process that hinged on at least five key fac­tors that Bafana can learn from, in­clud­ing hav­ing a level-headed coach – Hugo Broos – who did not let his ego get the bet­ter of him.

The Cameroon team played as a unit through­out the tour­na­ment. The play­ers had one an­other’s backs all the way and – even when up against the wall – they con­tin­ued as one out­fit.

Even though they had is­sues with their bonuses, they still had

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