Bafana have gone from bad to worse un­der coach Bax­ter

Sunday Tribune - - NEWS&VIEWS -

OUR soc­cer is in cri­sis. Some of us thought that the elec­tion of Danny Jor­daan as the pres­i­dent of Safa a few years ago would solve these prob­lems.

But it seems as if our soc­cer has gone from bad to worse. The backto-back de­feat of South Africa by min­nows Cape Verde is a dis­grace.

Cape Verde is a small coun­try with a pop­u­la­tion of less than a mil­lion.

It would be un­fair to blame the play­ers, though. The cul­prits are Safa lead­ers and the coach­ing staff led by Stu­art Bax­ter.

Bax­ter has messed up big time. He has failed to se­lect the cor­rect play­ers to start the game.

He per­sis­tently se­lected Dean Fur­man ahead of Andile Jali, who has su­pe­rior de­fen­sive and at­tack­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. And he ig­nored Percy Tau in favour of the in­ef­fec­tive Le­bo­gang Manyama.

His tac­tics and strate­gies are be­low av­er­age. Bafana Bafana would have beaten Cape Verde if the tac­tics ap­plied were cor­rect in the sec­ond game in Dur­ban.

Our team had a lot of pos­ses­sion but could not un­lock Cape Verde’s de­fence. Cre­ative play­ers such as Thu­lani Serero were missed. Un­for­tu­nately he was benched the whole game. What is most dis­turb­ing about this coach is that he is stub­born. In­stead of apol­o­gis­ing, he al­ways of­fers ex­cuses.

Our soc­cer has been in the dol­drums for a long time. Safa lead­ers need to tell the na­tion why Bax­ter was reap­pointed be­cause he failed dis­mally when he coached Bafana Bafana be­fore. It can­not be business as usual; we need an­swers. ROMANIUS ZULU Morn­ing­side

Deputy mayor is do­ing ex­cel­lent work

I WRITE in re­sponse to “Po­lice op­er­a­tion busts three sus­pected drug mer­chants” on page 6 last week by Nabeelah Shaikh.

Ex­cel­lent work, deputy mayor Fawzia Peer, for get­ting all po­lice forces in­volved. It’s so good to see se­nior ANC mem­bers try­ing to help get rid of drug mer­chants.

Peer, you have the bless­ings and thanks of many par­ents who are tired of drugs be­ing so freely avail­able. If there were more like you, the ANC wouldn’t lose wards. ZAHIR DANBAR

Phoenix

Danny Jor­daan… didn’t come to the res­cue of South African soc­cer.

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