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Chile exposes Santana's bankruptcy

By unknown | Feb 19, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Interesting times in our soccer lately.

The Absa Premiership and National First Division are both keeping fans and the media guessing as to who will win the championship or gain promotion.

The same can also be said about the teams facing the dreaded relegation axe.

Good stuff, I say.

The 2-0 loss meted to South Africa by Chile last week has also set tongues wagging.

And indeed if some of the utterances we heard are anything to go by, we still have a long, long way to go.

Three reasons were for our loss:

l We met our toughest opponents in the last six matches;

l Coach Joel Santana told us we were defeated because because the opposition kicked his players to bits;

l and some who were brave enough blamed poor player preparation by PSL club coaches.

Let us all agree that we were sadly exposed.

Chile's La Roja were too good for us.

The South Americans clearly came here with a decisive technical approach to the game.

This obviously after a careful study of how we play and possibly what approach Santana would use.

They won convincingly and I say congratulations to them.

It would, however, seem we don't learn anything from these defeats, which add to those that cost us a place at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

I have on countless occasions expressed my reservations about Santana's suspect technical bankruptcy.

If this international coaching greenhorn knows something, he would not complain about his players being chopped.

Bafana's loss was simply became of hard work and proper planning by the opposition. Everybody witnessed it.

And this includes those who blame PSL coaches.

The waffling from Santana will not come to an end as long as Safa remains adamant not to activate their "Plan B" to save the situation.

Efforts to build Bafana Bafana into a world-class side will remain a pipe dream until we find a technical advisor for the Brazilian who, in my view, I repeat, is not even better than Pitso Mosimane, one of his assistants.

Let's shut the stable door now before the horse bolts, otherwise we are courting disaster.

Blaming PSL clubs for Santana's shortcomings is tantamount to demoralising locally-based players.

Our starting line-up against Chile included two foreign-based players, Benni McCarthy and Siyabonga Nkosi, from whom we expected goals.

The overweight McCarthy lacked pace while Nkosi, as usual, looked lost upfront.

Our four-man defence was dominated by non-PSL players because three of them, Aaron Mokoena, Nassief Morris and Tshepo Masilela, play abroad. The other player was Siboniso Gaxa from Mamelodi Sundowns.

Yes the starting line-up was more PSL in the midfield and of course the goalkeeper is locally-based.

Yet this is not good enough reason to blame the defeat on South African-based players because of their perceived inferior preparation at their clubs.

By the way, we are talking about the same PSL players who registered five wins (never mind the quality of their foes) on the trot for Santana.

Please let PSL players be because Santana and his bosses are the ones that must shoulder the blame for our perpetuated misery.

Wakey-wakey Safa!


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