Shakes is da shiznit fo sho

Sunday World - - Opinion -

SAFA has made some foot­ball sense in ac­quir­ing the ser­vices of a suit­able can­di­date to lead our foot­ball out of the dol­drums.

It goes with­out say­ing that the de­ci­sion taken at Nas­rec, Safa’s head­quar­ters, was a hard one and was in­flu­enced by sev­eral fac­tors, in­clud­ing Shakes Mashaba’s im­pec­ca­ble record with the se­nior and ju­nior na­tional teams.

Another rea­son is the fi­nan­cial con­sid­er­a­tions, af­ter Iran had of­fered far more than what we could af­ford for the ser­vices of the notso im­pres­sive Car­los Queiroz, who had been the favourite to take over from Gor­don Ige­sund.

Mod­ern foot­ball trends dic­tate that many pro­gres­sive foot­ball-play­ing na­tions – Ger­many, Brazil, Nether­lands, Spain and Nige­ria – now pre­fer for­mer lo­cal play­ers and home-grown coaches to guide their for­tunes.

These ap­point­ments are based on the sim­ple fact that lo­cal coaches have a far bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of lo­cal play­ers, leagues and dy­nam­ics com­pared to for­eign­ers.

For in­stance, had Safa opted for a for­eign coach, that in­di­vid­ual would have had to set­tle down first.

Then it would have taken him a few months to do thor­ough re­search into how our teams play and what our strengths and weak­nesses are as a foot­ball-play­ing na­tion.

Only af­ter all that would he have started to get any pos­i­tive re­sults.

Mashaba ’ s record speaks vol­umes.

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