Bafana must score goals: LOC

DANNY Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 Local Organising Committee, yesterday expressed concern over Bafana Bafana's inability to score goals.

DANNY Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 Local Organising Committee, yesterday expressed concern over Bafana Bafana's inability to score goals.

Speaking to journalists in Durban yesterday, Jordaan said the LOC was concerned about the national team's performance.

He said Bafana should create hype by performing according to expectations.

"The issue of the team's performance has to be addressed. Bafana Bafana must perform to create lasting memories for the supporters. We cannot expect the country to have this huge hype about the World Cup when the national team is not doing what is expected of them," he said.

Jordaan said that Joel Santana's boys' slump was not good considering that South Africa is the hosts of the quadrennial spectacle.

"We have seen some improvements in certain areas, but our inability to score goals is a concern. We cannot keep on creating chances, but fail to score," he said.

However, he said, "this is no time to panic or be emotional, but rather to fully rally behind the team. Clearly, the problem with our team is that we have inexperienced players and I hope that Safa is dealing with the problem accordingly".

Jordaan said he hoped Amajita would be able to gain enough experience and graduate to the national team next year.

Jordaan refused to be drawn on his Safa ambitions.

But he made it clear that the World Cup has been very close to him.

"I've been in this project for 17 years and committed myself throughout. I would love to participate in it throughout," he said.

Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana will play an international friendly against Japan in November 14 at the state-of-the-art Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Set to host a number of matches during 2010, including a semifinal, the stadium will be exposed to the world for the first time on November 14, Jordaan said.

"This will be first match at this venue, which we are certain will be completed by the end of October. All the stadiums are expected to be completed next month, except for the one in Cape Town, which is due to be finished in December."

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