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  • DiskiFan 11:34 on February 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , afcon results, bafana,   

    Afcon hope and frustration 

    This year’s African Cup of Nations (Afcon) was an exercise in hope and frustration. There was not much hype before the event which seems to be attributable to bickering between the Local Organizing Committee and the municipalities of the hosting stadia – they were so involved in their own spat that they seem to have forgotten their mandate to rouse the spirits of the supporting public.

    This kind of bickering is not unusual in most sports arenas, but the downside for South Africa, is that it resulted in a very poor marketing campaign.

    Many people were sadly unaware of when the tournament started or indeed, where tickets could be purchased. From our perspective, this was the second biggest tragedy of the event. The greatest obviously being that Bafana Bafana did not progress any further. It was not all bad news and frustration though…

    The South African national football side were outstanding after their lacklustre start against the minnows Cape Verde. Coach Gordon Igesund has been allowed to stay on a while longer as nati0nal coach and some stability with coaching staff might be just the thing that Bafana need, after a few too many coaching changes recently and some unsuccessful experimentation. A coach cannot establish his style and engage his game plans with a side overnight and we are looking forward to seeing positive results from him and his unit in the future.

    Positive play and a greatly improved lust for success gave Bafana a certain shine against Mali in the quarter-finals and fans were able to see the makings of a football team suffering in their international rankings. In contrast, the lads from Mali are ranked 3rd in Africa and a respectable 25th in the world.

    Bafana Bafana held Mali to a 1-1 draw after full time and nerves were jangling throughout the stadium, and indeed, both countries. Our local boys have not exactly covered themselves in glory recently, but had certainly brought some much-needed hope back to a nation that loves its football and loves its national sides in all sports. Despite our boys eventually losing on penalties, they should walk away from this tournament with great pride and a sense of possibility and purpose.

    Sport is to South Africans what love is to marriage. It allows us all to overlook the battles of everyday life and find solace and nonjudgmental company with our fellow fans. Fans of opposing local teams, of other sporting disciplines and even fans of no sport at all, all see a common goal and a common people. It is indeed a beautiful country we live in when we can all be so spellbound in the magical movement of a beautifully skilfull man with ball that we leave behind our personal prejudices, our tragic past and live only in a wonderful present.

    Bafana now look ahead to hosting a World Cup Qualifier against Central African Republic on 22 March. We cannot wait!

     
  • DiskiFan 18:50 on October 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bafana, fifa rankings, , , , steven pienaar retirement   

    Bafana slip in Fifa rankings 

    South Africa slipped two positions to 76th in the latest Fifa rankings.

    Bafana Bafana lost 1-0 against Brazil in Sao Paulo last month, losing for the first time in seven official matches this year.

    Four days later they beat neighbours Mozambique 2-0 in Nelspruit.

    Bafana will play friendly internationals against Poland in Warsaw on October 12 and Kenya in Nairobi on October 16 2013 in preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations.

    The South African side will have to make do without Steven Pienaar, who announced his retirement from international football yesterday.

    The Bafana squad for the matches in October:

    Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Wayne Sandilands (Mamelodi Sundowns), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates)

    Defenders: Thabo Nthethe (Bloemfontein Celtic), Luvhengo Mungomeni (Moroka Swallows), Punch Masenamela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Ricardo Nunes (MSK Zilina, Slovakia), Bongani Khumalo (PAOK, Greece) – captain, Siyabonga Sangweni (Orlando Pirates), Erick Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Bevan Fransman (SuperSport United)

    Midfielders: Teko Modise (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lerato Chabangu (Moroka Swallows), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), Delron Buckley (Maritzburg United), May Mahlangu (Helsingborg IF, Sweden), Dean Furman (Oldham Athletic, England), Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace, England), Sifiso Myeni (Orlando Pirates), Katlego Mashego (Free State Stars), George Lebese (Kaizer Chiefs)

    Strikers: Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs), Dino Ndlovu (Maccabi Haifa, Israel), Tokelo Rantie (Malmo FF, Sweden)

     
  • DiskiFan 12:55 on July 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    New coach for Bafana Bafana 

    Gordon Igesund has confirmed as the new coach of the South African national football side.

    The 55-year-old coach, cut his teeth as player-coach at Witbank Black Aces during the 1986 season and he is known for making practical decisions. When he arrived at Moroka Swallows early in 2011, he quickly signed new players to deal with perceived weaknesses in that side, saving them from relegation.

    He has also coached at Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns with great success and later at Free State Stars with far less success.

    He has won four league titles with four different clubs, which makes him the most successful coach in local soccer. We say it is about time that he is given the opportunity to coach the national side and we wish him every success.

     

     
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