Quinton's Bafana comment unFortunate
QUINTON Fortune, remember him? He is in the country - albeit temporarily - and he is blowing a lot of hot air about Bafana Bafana.
He is so obsessed to have his presence felt in the country that he does not miss a chance to express his new-found tactical savvy.
The forgotten footie is in the country for the Manchester United and DHL Champions Trophy Tour.
Fortune is taking full advantage of the tour to advise the mother body about who to employ for the Bafana hot seat.
He unashamedly believes a foreign coach will be the answer to Bafana's problems. What tripe!
Fortune's utterances are unfortunate and an insult to local coaches, and should be condemned with the contempt they deserve.
Granted Fortune, as a South African, has the right to give his opinion about the national team, but we are not going to keep our mouths shut while he insults local coaches.
What he is telling us is really out of order, especially coming from him.
To those who have forgotten, this is a man who once showed Safa the middle finger when his contribution was needed the most by Bafana Bafana.
Remember when Bafana coach at the time, Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba, sent an SOS to Fortune when they were preparing for the vital African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ivory Coast in Polokwane on June 22 2003?
The midfielder who played for Manchester United then, was reported to have switched off his cellphone and could not be contacted by team manager Stanley "Screamer" Tshabalala or members of the technical staff.
His whereabouts were also unknown going into an international friendly against Trinidad and Tobago that was aimed at promoting the South African 2010 Fifa World Cup bid in Port Elizabeth a week before the Polokwane tie.
Mashaba was quoted as saying then: "We still have not managed to get hold of Fortune. I do not know if he has changed his cell number or what ..."
Fortune was apparently left foaming at the mouth after Mashaba failed to call him up for the World Cup bid match against England a week earlier.
And now Fortune has the temerity to tell us who should coach Bafana.
Where was he when the so-called seasoned foreign coaches made a mockery of our national team?
We once had the likes of Stuart Baxter and Joel Natalino Santana at the helm of Bafana.
These guys raised our hopes when they joined the squad after what was viewed as "impressive" CVs, but what did we get from them?
Bafana failed to qualify for the 2010 Afcon finals in Angola under the highly decorated 1994 World Cup-winning coach, Carlos Alberto Perreira.
We also became the first host country in the history of the World Cup to fail to go beyond the group stage of the tournament.
We were and still are a laughing stock for that embarrassing failure.
Catastrophic seems to be an appropriate word to describe Bafana's run under these palookas masquerading as coaches.
Where was Fortune when Bafana huffed and puffed under these foreign coaches?
Today he is telling us that Bafana's woes will only be solved by a foreign manager. Come on Fortune.
Did I hear somebody suggesting that Fortune's waffling was part of a concerted bid to be part of Bafana technical staff?
Or is it a subtle way to impress local club bosses?
By the way, he harbours hopes of ending his otherwise illustrious career in the Premier Soccer League.
But I don't see him adding a new dimension to the local game as a player.
I fully agree, however, with Fortune when he called for a change in the leadership of Safa.
Safa, based on their numerous blunders, showed that football is not in capable hands.