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SA soccer disaster: Did SAFA study something from Stuart Baxter’s exit?



Stuart Baxter. (Photograph by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Photographs)

  • A pall of despair has since descended over South African soccer after yet one more Bafana Bafana coach was sacked.
  • Molefi Ntseki was fired on Wednesday after failing to achieve the Nations Cup match in Cameroon subsequent 12 months.
  • It seems SAFA learnt little from ex-Bafana coach Stuart Baxter’s acrimonious exit lower than two years in the past.

On Wednesday, the South African Soccer Affiliation (SAFA) sacked Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki simply shy of 20 months since Stuart Baxter was pissed off into quitting the identical publish in August 2019.

Whereas Baxter efficiently despatched South Africa to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt, the place they ousted the hosts within the Spherical of 16, it wasn’t sufficient to stop one other catastrophic teaching exit – one in every of many since SA’s sporting readmission.

SAFA employed Baxter’s then-assistant Ntseki, the previous nationwide males’s Underneath-17 coach, Serame Letsoaka’s former Underneath-20 assistant and Shakes Mashaba’s ex-deputy when Bafana made the 2015 AFCON match.

Ntseki was employed below the guise of continuity, however he, too, fell on his sword after failing to information Bafana to the 2022 AFCON in Cameroon when Bafana had been overwhelmed 2-0 by Sudan in Khartoum.

A pall of despair has since descended over South African soccer. Many have questioned whether or not issues will ever get proper with the organisation that runs soccer within the nation or whether or not they learnt something from previous failures.

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SAFA technical committee chair Jack Maluleka, who was used as a human protect towards the media firing squad at SAFA Home on Wednesday, mentioned Baxter submitted a report that fashioned the idea for Ntseki’s appointment when Baxter left.

“Sure, Baxter submitted a report back to the technical committee,” mentioned Maluleka.

“He resigned on a Friday and the identical Saturday we had a technical committee assembly the place he submitted a report and was a part of the assembly, regardless that he had resigned.

“He was nonetheless on responsibility as a result of that report belongs to the organisation. That report was used within the means of hiring Ntseki.

“In response to the technical committee, Ntseki was a related appointment on the time and did effectively for this organisation. And he’s educated.

“We beneficial him to be employed on the idea of continuity.

“Sadly, the problem of qualification is a part of soccer and we didn’t qualify. When it comes to his contractual obligations, he was purported to qualify.”

Baxter skated round some elementary points when he departed, citing the phrase “respect” quite a few occasions in his exit press convention in Killarney.

He additionally mentioned he felt he may not do his job with the identical ardour and professionalism he’s accustomed to and felt it was finest to go away the job for the second time in his profession.

“I really feel that I can not proceed to work with the required professionalism and keenness like I’ve accomplished, and to take care of the numerous points that might be concerned with this drawback,” Baxter mentioned in 2019.

“A coach should have confidence that his enter will assist transfer the mission ahead, and at this second in time, significantly after the (2019) AFCON expertise, my perception in that course of is weakened significantly.”

The one fixed in South African soccer’s demise is the directors in cost.

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SAFA president Danny Jordaan was a no-show at Ntseki’s axing announcement and did not reply Sport24 requests for remark.

It means whoever takes over from Ntseki faces the identical myopic method and hand-to-mouth planning that finally sees Bafana journey up on the final hurdle and the coach getting sacked.

Bafana is trapped on this cyclical lose-lose recreation the place, irrespective of the coach and gamers obtainable, there is a new particular person in command of the boys’s nationwide workforce each 18 months to 2 years – if that.

SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe just about confirmed that there was a lot to worry forward of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers for Qatar 2022 that start this winter.

“Each contract may have deliverables and a part of these is ensuring we get a coach who will be capable of take us farther from the place Ntseki left the workforce,” mentioned Motlanthe.

“We’d like a coach who will take us to the World Cup. That might be a part of the necessities.

“We goal for achievement; we do not goal for failure. We can not say that we’ll give him an opportunity if he doesn’t qualify. We’ll search for a top quality coach who will enhance the fortunes.

“The nation is proud once we qualify. We’ve got accomplished it with juniors and we wish Bafana additionally to return there.”


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