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
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