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Coaches' integrity?

By unknown | Nov 06, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

The more one listens to the logic of some soccer coaches, it seems, the more one gets suspicious of the integrity of the lot.

The more one listens to the logic of some soccer coaches, it seems, the more one gets suspicious of the integrity of the lot.

I am beginning to think football coaching, especially at international level is over-rated, what do you think?

When a certain Stuart Baxter was Bafana Bafana head coach, the national team had five SuperSport United players, Calvin Marlin, Ricardo Katza, Siboniso Gaxa, Phil Evans and Lungisani Ndlela.

The reason, Baxter said: "They had gained invaluable experience playing the [2004] CAF Champions League."

Fair enough. But in that campaign, United finished last in group B, winning only one home game (2-0 against USM of Algeria), lost 2-1 to Esperance and drew 1-1 with little known Jean de Arc of Senegal at home.

Our failure at this year's Africa Cup of Nations was also tied down to a lack of commitment at continental inter-club competitions.

Interestingly, the theory that exposure to Africa was one of the key requisites of playing international football only applied to United. It did not obtain when Ajax Cape Town, like SuperSport, reached the group stages last year.

Most appalling, though, is that current Bafana Bafana caretaker coach Pitso Mosimane, a proponent who has maintained a good representation of United in Bafana, fails to practice what he felt was fair to his team.

Orlando Pirates, who went all the way to the semifinals of this year's Champions League, are ensured only one berth in Mosimane's national team.

Granted, Pirates - after three games - prop the table and are still to ignite on the domestic front, but SuperSport were not doing any better at this time back in 2004.

I asked then why Mosimane couldn't transfer the Africa form to domestic competition and he retorted: "We have never started the season well. We only get our form after December."

I have archive material to corroborate. I don't carry Pirates' brief, but any old lady can explain that they played the Champions League with half the squad they had the previous season and are busy integrating new personnel, which is more than half their squad.

Oh, maybe that is why pay-station SuperSport unleashed a senile "expert" with his chihuahuas on a mission impossible to undo my and this newspaper's reputation when we exposed Baxter as a puppet.

It is an understatement to say Mosimane and Khabo Zondo embarrassed themselves trying to justify some of their latest selections.


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