Bob’s Weekend News Wrap – 05 September 2016
This country is in a nasty mood and one can tell by just looking at most hashtags in the past 12 months. I went through the newspapers yesterday and it was hard to get some consoling news. So, I looked at sports because that is one thing that tends to unite this country and fill us with that good old pride. For me specifically; football is my religion. I wasn’t lucky there because Shakes made headlines I know even he would rather not read. I am addicted to winning and I think most of us are. I love winning; it boosts my ego, my mood and my outlook on life. So I decided to pretend that I was Mosibudi. Walk with me then: let’s look at some Bafana coaches and their records.
He took over as manager of the South African National football team in 1994. Barker took them to their only African Nations Cup title in 1996, with a 2–0 victory in the final against Tunisia.
Under his guidance, South Africa qualified for their first ever World Cup in 1998 in France. Before they could compete in the World Cup finals though, he quit due to a series of losses.
Igesund is a record-breaking coach in South Africa, having become the only man to coach four different top-flight teams to the Premier Soccer League championship.
He first made his name when he led unfashionable coastal team Manning Rangers to the inaugural PSL title in the 1996/97 season. On 30 June 2012, Igesund was appointed as the Bafana coach on a two-year deal.
Under Gordon Igesund leadership, our boys were knocked out in a dramatic penalty shootout defeat against Mali on 2 February 2013, after the match ended in a draw during the 2013 quarter finals. On the 3rd of June 2014, SAFA announced that they will not be renewing his contract with Bafana.
Jingles’ 23-month reign as Bafana coach will be best remembered for his failure to take the country to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations – telling the team to sit back and settle for a draw against Sierra Leone in Nelspruit that year, which turned out to be a fatal mistake as the rules were either not checked or misinterpreted.
His shot at redemption was cut short after Bafana drew their first match of the World Cup 2014 qualifiers with Ethiopia at home.
In all, Mosimane was in charge of 16 official matches – winning six, drawing seven and losing three.
A closer look at Mashaba’s 18-month reign, since replacing Gordon Igesund in the hot-seat in 2014, reveals that perhaps Mashaba hasn’t really examined his own record.
Bafana have played 30 matches during his time (not counting the three ‘practice’ matches against Lesotho and Malawi in May last year), and 16 of those have been won – not a bad return. But a more in depth look, reveals that eight of those have been friendly matches where the result had no impact. In fact, Mashaba boasts a fantastic record in friendly matches – played 10, won eight, drawn two.
But it’s the competitive games that matter, and that is where Bafana have come up short in the last year or so.
Mashaba started his latest spell with the national team like a house on fire – winning three and drawing three of his first six games. All those were 2015 AFCON qualifiers, and Bafana comfortably made it to the finals in Equatorial Guinea.
But that’s where the problems started. Two defeats and a draw meant an early elimination, with Mashaba’s captaincy and rotation policies causing some bemusement.
Carlos Alberto Parreira
Three of Bafana’s highest victories have come in the two-spell tenure of Carlos Alberto Parreira in the last few years. Let’s go through them:
- SOUTH AFRICA 5 GUATEMALA 0
- SOUTH AFRICA 4 CHAD 0
- SOUTH AFRICA 4 THAILAND 0
- SOUTH AFRICA 4 NAMIBIA 1
- SOUTH AFRICA 4 GABON 1
- SOUTH AFRICA 4 SWAZILAND 1
- SOUTH AFRICA 4 EQUATORIAL GUINEA 1
Something needs to give – we can’t be assaulted by news on the Nenegate, Guptagate, Mosebenzi Zwane, PG, #feesmustfall – all bad news by the way, and still have a hopeless national team. It’s not right and it’s not fair. Perhaps Adv Thuli Madonsela must run Bafana.