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Daunting task for new Bafana coach

Posted: 23 July 2014 Time: 19:23

SAFA will announce the new Bafana Bafana coach on Saturday, and the new man faces a daunting task when he leads the team out for his first match against Sudan, in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The last time the national team qualified for a tournament was in 2008, when they made it to the Nations Cup in Ghana. Since then though, they have failed to reach the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, and AFCON 2012.

After the Sudan match the new coach will have to face Nigeria’s Super Eagles, while there is also the small matter of the Cosafa Castle Cup.

Of the 17 Bafana coaches since 1992, only five have lost their first match in charge: Jomo Sono, Kenneth ‘Conti’ Kubheka, April ‘Style’ Phumo, Joel Santana and Gordon Igesund.

Sono lost 3-2 against Namibia in the 1998 Cosafa Cup, shortly after taking over from Clive Barker. His next two matches in charge ended in draws – against Angola and Ivory Coast at the 1998 African Nations Cup finals – before he finally won … the 4-1 thumping of Namibia where a young Benni McCarthy scored all the goals.

Kubheka took charge of his one and only match during the 1-0 defeat against Zimbabwe in the 2003 Cosafa Cup.

In January 2004, Phumo became the first Bafana coach to lose his first two matches – 2-0 to Mauritius in Cosafa and 2-1 to Senegal at the 2004 African Nations Cup.

In 2008 Santana lost his first match 2-0 against Nigeria, while Igesund lost 1-0 against Brazil courtesy of Hulk’s late goal.


Stanley ‘Screamer’ Tshabalala
Bafana Bafana 1 Cameroon 0 (Friendly, 7/7/1992) 

Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba
Bafana Bafana 1 Congo 0 (World Cup qualifier, 24/10/1992)
*As a caretaker 

Bafana Bafana 4 Swaziland 1 (Cosafa, 24/8/2002)
*As a fulltime coach 

Augusto Palacios
Botswana 0 Bafana Bafana 2 (Friendly, 10/1/1993) 

Clive Barker
Bafana Bafana 1 Zimbabwe 0 (Friendly, 24/4/1994) 

Jomo Sono
Bafana Bafana 2 Namibia 3 (Cosafa, 24/1/1998)

Phillipe Trousier
Bafana Bafana 1 Zambia 1 (Friendly, 20/5/1998) 

Trott Moloto
Bafana Bafana 1 Angola 0 (Afcon qualifier, 3/10/98) 

Carlos Queiroz
Bafana Bafana 0 France 0 (Friendly, 7/10/2000) 

Kenneth ‘Conti’ Kubheka
Bafana Bafana 0 Zimbabwe 1 (Cosafa, 19/7/2003)

April ‘Styles’ Phumo
Mauritius 2 Bafana Bafana 0 (Cosafa, 10/1/2004)

Stuart Baxter
Bafana Bafana 2 Chad 1 (World Cup qualifier, 5/6/2004)

Ted Dumitru
Egypt 1 Bafana Bafana 2 (Friendly, 14/01/2006)

Pitso Mosimane
Lesotho 0 Bafana Bafana 0 (Friendly, 20/5/2006)
*As a caretaker 

Bafana Bafana 1 Ghana 0 (11/8/2010)

Joel Santana
Nigeria 2 Bafana Bafana 0 (Afcon qualifiers, 01/6/2008) 

Carlos Alberto Parreira
Chad 0 Bafana Bafana 3 (Afcon qualifiers, 24/3/2007) 

Steve Komphela
Botswana 1 Bafana Bafana 1 (World Cup qualifiers, 9/6/2012)

Gordon Igesund
Brazil 1 Bafana Bafana 0 (Friendly, 7/9/2012)

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posted: 2014-07-23 17:34:42

Eish mara kick off why can't you do proper investigative journalism and get a scoop of who is going to be announced on saturday?for now you are just joe public who wait for press conference live on sa fm and be told who is appointed.

posted: 2014-07-23 17:36:14

Gordon Igesund must remain the head coach of Bafana Bafana!

posted: 2014-07-23 17:49:00

I quote "Since then though, they have failed to reach the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, and AFCON 2012." These kick off journos are idiots I'm telling you, did Bafana fail to qualify for the world which RSA was hosting???

posted: 2014-07-23 17:52:39

According to the SAFA president, qualification for 2015 is only a nice to have and not a priority, so please kick off stop telling us about daunting tasks and tell us who the coach is klaar!

The Real Lucho
posted: 2014-07-23 18:27:32

If playing Sudan is a daunting task then I give up. There are only two nations that always had the upper hand against Bafana Bafana and that is Egypt and Nigeria. Of late we are just a mediocre of a country that has its tale between legs whenever playing a soccer match. Be it friendly or not hence we can't even give a chance to youngsters who are shinning for their teams.

I still remember when we used to toy with Cameroon which had the likes of Marc Vivien Foe (May his soul rest in peace); Solomon Olembe; Jacques Songo'o and Rigobert Song. Gone are the days when BB played around with Ghana which had Anthony Yeboa; Isaac Akunor; Frank Amankwa and the Sammy Kuffor. What happened to the days when BB used to punish Morocco with its Salahedine Basir; Nauredine Naybet and Moustapha Hadgi? Today we worship all of them and we even call Sudan a daunting task. We panic when facing Ethiopia.

posted: 2014-07-23 19:31:22

it was nice how jordan was putting marawa in his place.. over the years marawa has become big headed behaving like "mr-know-it-all!" most of his questions are based on arrogance as if he is trying to prove a point. whoever takes over will have ample time to build a team that can compete with top african countries however it all starts with our local teams taking caf competitions serious. should chiefa reject the invitation than i hope safa will ban them from playing against african sides even if its a friendly for at least 10 years.

posted: 2014-07-23 20:39:20

I couldn't believe my ears when Boby told us Chiefs fans where to get off. I'm happy when chiefs wins. But I'm no longer as crazy as I used to be. To my point, South Africa shouldn't expect Clubs to develop players for then as clubs are in football for profits. South Africa should develop players. Knockout tournaments should be introduced at schools where the last 16 schools will go to a chosen city to fight it out for the cup final. These games should be televised to gunner support. Even televised school league. Teams will also scout for players in this platform and the country will benefit a lot. Unlike these school of excellence some players make it because they know somebody.

posted: 2014-07-24 04:47:40

poripori Bobby is out of order, this delepment thing me I don't see the fuss we have enough good players we just don't know how to use them some we don't even use.

posted: 2014-07-24 05:00:14

I got confused again when I listened to Mr Jordan on Marawa the other day. He said for 2015 no expectation, but then who to blame me think is him cause he could have fired GI long time ago and appointed a new coach then not now. Before we even played Brazil we won't be fooled.

Looking at our current situation I think we are well placed we have improved a lot only if we can work together. A Pirates team recently reached CAF finals with young local players, chiefs also streched their muscles. More than half a team of good players are readily available right there you look at sundowns and all other interesting young gems from other teams add rantjie serero jali mokotjo mahlangu etc on that list you have a team if well oiled can stand their ground.

Now I don't understand why we shouldn't expect our team to qualify, SAFA should not make their problems our problem.

posted: 2014-07-24 06:09:03

Ben100 Yes we didnt qualify.We where slotted in because whe hosted the world cup.otherwise we didnt deserve to be there.

posted: 2014-07-24 10:40:07

TheSleepingBuddah I agree with you on Marawa; he has become distractive. But I don't understand why would Chiefs be banned for DECLINING AN INVITATION? This notion that playing in CAF club competitions improves the national team has not been proven. We should be focusing on how the association and professional clubs can work together to produce what the Germans termed an endless pool of talent development.

posted: 2014-07-25 08:29:22

khosimynation I fully agree with u on this 1 khosi. We hav good players who can perform to da highest level if they are selected based on merit & performances. my dream starting 11 going forward is as follows: Khune/Meyiwa/Williams = GK, but we must stripped Khune of captain armband. Mathoho & Mkhwanazi/Xulu = CD. Matlaba/Mashaba/Masilela = LB. NGONGCA(C) = RB. Jali & Maluleke/Manyisa/Mahlangu = CDMS. Patosi/Dolly = LW. Qalinge/Classen/Lebese = RW. Serero/Zwane/Zungu = NO: 10. Ndlovu/Erasmus or Ramagalela if Downs Give him game-time & he bang Goals regularly, or at least Mphela if we are out of options & if Chiefs plays him regularly & he bang those Goals = NO: 09. Plz tell me what u think as I will appreciate ur discussion/opinion. 

posted: 2014-07-25 08:45:52

Zino4BUCS khosimynation I think that's a strong team you selected right and an experienced one too. I still think sangweni, mahamutsa and mashamaite can be added on the squad also. Central midfield will also add dikgacoi and mokotjo, may mahlangu and Bernard parker can be added in as attacking midfielders also. I won't leave shabba out he has been excellent for bafana unfortunately he shone when there team was struggling. Upfront I think mashego, mphela, grobler and rantjie will complete my selection to bolster your selection.

Bakhabakha looking at all these players if used wisely and consistently we will be very difficult to beat. The problem is only a local coach will have this vision but the sad part is SAFA it seems they are planning to hire a foreigner. Um very disappointed in our organization.

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