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Pioneer Mirror

HEAD TO HEAD 29 January 2014 Tel: 011- 485 2018 / 4461, Fax2 email: 086 239 6164, E-mail: news@alexpioneer.co.za, Website: www.pioneernews.co.za

MBALULA LASHES OUT AT BAFANA BAFANA’S “USELESS BUNCH OF LOSERS.” And now Fikile Mbalula lashes out at underperforming Bafana Bafana. Is his criticism justified?

MOKGOPO TILO

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ollowing Bafana Bafana’s 3-1 defeat against Nigeria, Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, expressed how disappointment he was with the performance of the national team. Mbalula called Bafana Bafana “a bunch of losers” who have “disgraced the country”, the statement he’s adamant he won’t retract. “We indeed have a crisis of monumental proportions and this tournament has proved that. The mediocrity we saw yesterday is disgraceful. Last night, we saw a bunch of losers who conceded two useless goals. We must never wake up to this situation ever again,” Mbalula was quoted as saying. Mbalula went further to say coach Gordon Igesund cannot only take blame for Bafana Bafana’s disappointing performance. Is not for the first time Bafana Bafana fails to qualify to participate in the second round of an international soccer tournament. In 2010 during the FIFA World Cup, South Africa was the first country to be booted out of the tournament, thus making a history to be the first host country not to make it to the second round of a tournament. Equally, this year South Africa also failed to qualify for

the second round of CHAN 2014. The 2014 FIFA World Cup that will see Brazil as a host country will not have South Africa participating. In the past, South Africa has opted to outsourcing coaches from abroad in a bid to boost the national team’s performance. During the 2010 World Cup, a Brazillian coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira whose salary was estimated at R1.8 million per month was the coach of

the national team. In the tournament, South Africa drew 1-1 against Mexico in the opening game, lost 3-1 to Uruguay and won 2-1 against France. But from the three games South Africa played at CHAN 2014, South Africa opened the game on a high note with a victory of 3-1 against Mozambique, then drew 1-1 with Mali and the last game saw them losing 3-1 against Nigeria.

Date

FIFA RANKING Position

2013 2012 2011 2010 2009

56 87 53 51 85

2008 2007

76 77

2006

67

2005

49

2004

38

2003

36

2002 2001

30 35

2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994

20 30 26 31 19 40 56

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