Carling Cup 2014

Igesund must banish the fear factor

Posted: 23 January 2013 Time: 09:20 am

KICK OFF editor Richard Maguire believes the Bafana Bafana that lined up against Cape Verde was not Gordon Igesund’s team – and urges the coach to picking his starting XI without fear of criticism or failure.

Gordon Igesund has told his players ‘don’t be scared’ – but it starts with the coach: I urge him to select a team and set it out without any fear of criticism or failure.

That was not Igesund’s team we saw lining up against Cape Verde on the opening day of Afcon 2013. It is not Igesund’s style to bench his best player, nor is it his style to drop a tried and tested performer for a crucial match.

I respect the logic behind picking a successful club strike-combination (Bernard Parker and Lehlohonolo Majoro) in favour of a known goal-poacher who is short of match fitness (Katlego Mphela).

What I’m struggling with is the omission of South Africa’s best player, Thulani Serero. And I’m mystified by the decision to bench Dean Furman, around whom Igesund was building his midfield.

This smacked of last-minute tinkering, and it smelled of fear, the fear of criticism, the fear of failure. And that is why I say it as not Gordon’s team, because he does not normally fear criticism, nor failure – he has proved over 20 years that he knows what he is doing.

As I watched our astoundingly pathetic performance in the first half against Cape Verde, when the midfield had no rhythm, no system, and no ability to string three decent passes together, I was left wondering if it is the same with all Bafana Bafana coaches; are they all struck by a curse – the curse of the draw. Do they all fear defeat so much that a draw is the ‘new win’?

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I don’t read Igesund that way. But I was dismayed by his decision to bench Serero. Apparently Serero was not up to the required level of match-fitness yet, and the coach feared his star man would not match the tempo of the rest of the team’s play.

Yet there was absolutely no tempo to Bafana’s play! No rhythm, no pattern, no plan. Cape Verde – a team of expats representing a tiny island nation played with more cohesion, pattern and purpose. If they had an incisive finisher, they would have won the match.

Serero, in the second half, at least brought a semblance of intelligence and craft to the middle of the park.

The absence of Furman has not been explained – and we missed his simple, unfussy play; the way in which he keeps the game ticking over in the centre, keeps circulating the ball. Reneilwe Letsholonyane’s random bursts of forward activity were no substitute.

Starting without Serero, Furman and Mphela meant this: Igesund had a strong bench, and a weak starting XI.

Is that the way to victory? I suggest not.

Against Angola this afternoon, play for victory, coach; banish the fear factor. Take a half-time lead, and then think about the substitutions.

With all this in mind, I would like to see Bafana take to the field in a 4-2-3-1 system; the ‘3’ holding the key to getting the goal(s).

I would like to see Tokelo Rantie starting up front – he has ability on the ball, awareness, and can hold up play and bring other men into action in the penalty area.

The other men I refer to would be May Mahlangu on the left, Serero behind Rantie and Parker on the right. Parker on the right because I would want him to cut in and join Rantie in 18 area as much as possible; same for Mahalangu on the other side.

Forget playing with wide midfielders who must get down the line and cross. Crossing is not our strong point; nor is getting on the end of cross. Rather employ quick inter-passing to get numbers into the danger areas.

And the bench will be 'strong'  – both Mphela and Majoro promising attacking options if a change is needed.

I accept that certain entrenched weaknesses do force Igesund’s hand, and that he needs to err on the side of caution in some areas.

And that is why I would see Letsholonyane doing the job alongside Furman. If this is not working, If 'Yeye' does not hold his position, the ‘forgotten’ Oupa Manyisa would come into play.

So I am advocating what most fans hate – the selection of two defensive midfielders. I suspect a major reason why Pitso Mosimane and the Brazilian coaches before him selected in this way was because they did not believe Bafana would score a goal. It was their security blanket. Fear.

I accept it is sensible and pragmatic to select two deep-lying midfielders now, not because of fear, but because our centre-back pairing is as jittery as any I can remember.

We miss Gould, but there is nothing we can do about that. So the back four remains as it is, for better or for worse.

Thank goodness for Itu Khune …

Good luck Gordon – you’re going to need it … in one afternoon, you have to rid Bafana of the fear of failure that has haunted them for years. This might be your greatest challenge yet: far greater than turning Manning Rangers and Santos into champions; much bigger than converting Swallows from relegation candidates to title contenders.

Get it right, and you may well go down in history as South Africa’s greatest ever coach.

KICK OFF editor Richard Maguire

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Previous comments on this story...

Bucsaway Trebble Champ
posted: 09:28 am
All Bafunny BaChimps faithfools better prepare for heart attacks tonight, make sure you have the Disprin Chadiocre at your disposal, for tonight will be the true revelation of what we've been preaching in December. I will be chilling with my Castle Lites watching Hlokoloza being Libolofied

Once And Always
League medal
posted: 09:29 am
Interesting article, i escho the same sentiments, Gordon was a coward on Saturday.With that all behind us, i support your proposed line up, with Mphela,Shabba,Majoro & Phala on the bench.BB has never played with wingers, even the 1996 team did not have wingers, why try to whip in crosses while we all know that there is no South African striker who can head the ball?unless if we play Sangweni as a striker.
Tibos [Khosi-FOUR-Life]
posted: 09:31 am
haha at the picture they look so serious
MAMINZELA
posted: 09:32 am
In days like this one cant help but miss Wilson Raj Perumal of the Football 4U fame
KGOSIakaGHUBULUZING
posted: 09:35 am
I agree bt upfront we need majoro or mphela
The_Assassin_of_Orlando_Mamadou_Straighte
posted: 09:36 am
Since MR Maguire knows so much (he even knows that was not Gordon's team - I wonder how he knows this or better still does Gordon know that that was not his team) Richard you must go and coach the. Stop making excuses for Gordon, that was his team and it is him who will be fired soon.
lali-R
posted: 09:36 am
well said mr editor.
Mriyo The Champ
posted: 09:37 am
Its time to drop underachievers and play wit proven winners.here is a line up from a champ Bucs fan who knows a winning team:wena Igasende,use the 4-3-3 formation with the following players

Khune
Gaxa Khumalo Sangweni Masilela

Yeye
Serero Manyisa
Phala Matlaba (wil play beta dan Shabba as winger)
Rantie (speed is wats needed against Angola)
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 09:37 am
Durban here we come in full Bafana Bafana gears...we will be in Morningside Florida Road after the game.

The Phefeni Boy and his protégés will be in town.....We will be there till Sunday.
Legendary Wonder
posted: 09:37 am
How many times ha sGould turn out for Bafana in his career? he has never been a pillar for Bafana for as long as i can remember, now that he plays for Chiefs we are made to believe he is the missing link at the back? come on rich.

Nothing will be better than benching Shabba, Phala, Majoro and Parker, those players are just not cut out for the big job!
Secretboy
posted: 09:38 am
Do we look like some zebras who cares nor does Igesende aint care abt ya cr*p...
Gucci Man
posted: 09:40 am
Good luck boys , go there and fight for the nation.
We need to create chances and capitalise on their mistakes this afternoon .

Their defence isn't convincing , we just need to watch their wing players and that former Man U striker , he very good with his first touch , and also earial balls .
Xi-khosi-koi
posted: 09:41 am
Well said Mr.
Go for it GI

Khosi-koi
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 09:42 am
Dean Furman.....It is his time to show South Africa that he is worth more than what most people think.

The boy will shine this evening....Gordon better start with him.
obyjas
posted: 09:45 am
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MAMINZELA
posted: 09:32 am | Report
In days like this one cant help but miss Wilson Raj Perumal of the Football 4U fame
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I'm in stitches man.
LungsterBUCS!
posted: 09:45 am
I wish GI could read this article..
Happy Person
posted: 09:47 am
4 blind mice
Tibos [Khosi-FOUR-Life]
posted: 09:48 am
Please dnt disappoint us today GI and Bafana we will be at the stadium as your 12th men to give you an extra hand MM stadium its where weare going to be at. My starting XI
Itumeleng Khune

Siboniso Gaxa--------Siyabonga Sangweni--------Bongani Khumalo-------Thabo Matlaba

Thuso Pala------Dean Furman------Opa Manyisa------Siphiwe Tshabalala

Thulani Serero-------Kahlego Maphela.

Sub:
Wayne Sandilands
Anele Ngconca
Bernad Parker
Yeye Letsolonyane
manyise
posted: 09:48 am
if mphela is lackng game time when last dd ur mzansi finnest last to feature in Amsterdam fixture. Dont publsh #### here man. Parker 50caps 12goals and mphela 22 on 50caps he always deliver on big matches. Next time get ur facts straight b4 u spread ur pure hatred on mphela. Do t for da nation mphela 2nght like u always do. Killlleeeer
Sebastian Veron
posted: 09:48 am
Furman/Manyisa, Letsholonyane, Mahlangu, Serero could make a huge difference in that middle of the park,
Mphela, Rantie combo could arguably the deadliest provided Serero plays closer to them,

veder of the best gents!!!!
Shabba24
posted: 09:49 am
……………………………..Khune………………………………

Gaxa………Sagweni………….KhumaLo…………Masilela

…………………………………Yeye…………………………………
Manyisa………………………………………………….Shabba

………………………………Serero………………………………….
……………Parker……………………………………..Mphela………
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 09:50 am
Lots of good things and bad things about this article but I'll save my judgements. I just want my country to win this afternoon. That's all I'm asking for
LUNCH BAR *obvious*
posted: 09:52 am
as much as your analysis and opinions make so much sense Mr. Editor, but TOO many good ideas will spoil GI preparations...

but I agree with you that he must play a 4-2-3-1 formation but with Mphela as a lone striker...we need a striker who has been there, done that, and got the experience...so far, Mphela is the only striker who can do that.

I also agree that we need Parker/Serero/Mahlangu...all mobile players to support Killer.

As for your midfield...Yeye/Manyisa is an untried but dangerous "box-to-box" defensive midfileders...who can always add numbers in the opponents box and also defend in their own 18 area.

we need gaxa/Matlaba as wingers they can give us options with wing play....

For me Ntsimbi is a luke-warm defender, but better than khumalo who is slowly becoming an invisible liaibility like Mbazo.

Lastly, we need to concentrate during the first 10 minutes and the last 5 minutes of the game, mostly we need an early goal to calm our nerves and concentrate of playing attractive passing football to the frustrations of Angola.

Good luck to BB.
Brighton44
posted: 09:56 am
That's absolutely true because every one now is just criticise bafana even those who don't even know soccer.
Skhumba Touch
posted: 09:59 am
One funny thing about Bafana Bafunny is that they like to sing "ayesaba amagwala" yet they are the ones afraid, Cape Verde of all teams? Anywhere lets put that game away and focus on todays clash against Angola, will they be nervous again? I don't buy that crap!!
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 10:01 am
Gucci Man
posted: 09:40 am | Report
Good luck boys , go there and fight for the nation.
We need to create chances and capitalise on their mistakes this afternoon .....................any ordinary person would post this obvious comment.

Their defence isn't convincing , we just need to watch their wing players and that former Man U striker , he very good with his first touch , and also earial balls .

ja ne abanye abantu abo bhari straight, Morocco has the best attacking front yet u question the defensive abilities on Angola.Angola has the best n organized defense. Not bothe their wing players are effective, number 18 is the one that could be a challenge, they dont rely on airial balls, they attack and play their crosses diagonal, in deep zones, hence u will see the striker delaying his runs n their defensive 6 camping in the D line zone.

U are trying hard sduphunga, n its not coming, just try again at 12, masekudlalwa. Gucci Man, u have become irrelevant n bloggers are working all over u, maybe u need back up.
Zane10
posted: 10:02 am
They rely on the Manucho guy, and that guy is only good on the earial balls. Our captain Cowmalo is equally good in the air, so there won't be a goal scored by Angola.... We just need to work on our creative side and forget about them, they are no threat... I believe we will win this one. Walala wasala, ngiyahamba manje ngibhekise iThekwini!!!!!

Proudly South African....
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 10:04 am
The blamed Aaron Mokoena the ever hardworking defender with leadership while not noticing that Khumalo was a culprit.

Anyone is bound to fail when he plays with Bongane Khumalo, even Morgan Gold looked average at one stage playing alongside Khumalo.
k2-wa 5 skippas
posted: 10:05 am
Wooow! Wat a mouth full evry1 hu hs played soccer or knw it can agree that these article is on point, "I suspect a major reason why
Pitso Mosimane and the Brazilian coaches before him
selected in this way was because they did not believe
Bafana would score a goal. It was their security blanket. Fear.
I accept it is sensible and pragmatic to select two deep-
lying midfielders now, not because of fear, but because our
centre-back pairing is as jittery as any I can remember." Ja ne so true
KhosiBoi
posted: 10:07 am
For your Infor editor May Mahlangu does not play on the left side he is central midlefielder thi thing of playing players out of Positions is gonna cost us big time we need Mphela(Tried and tested and Passed), Rantie is a gud Striker but Killer is better than him....as for not playing with wingers thats exactly how we should play but Gordon wants the like of Phala and Shabba(he has never been an out an out winger he is more like Pienaar kuEvereton) to run down the line preventing fullbacks from overlaping!!
Champ of all
posted: 10:08 am
Thanks goodness 4 khune? What is he doing? Our defense is so gud he is on holiday on the field.
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 10:14 am
Parker to play on the right

and May on the left

heheheheheheh Gordon's circus continues, we might as well play the paraplegic at left back.

Gordon play Serero on the wing at your own cost, he is in-effective as a winger, rather play him as a 2nd striker or give him a free role.
Double Treble Champ-Marapo
posted: 10:14 am
I have always reiterated that each person, media, fans, baboons ann any Tom and Dick will come up with their line up for this team coz to be fair it don't have a structure understood by anyone. We going to blame players, recommend them until we have the likes abo Cyril Nzama on the list. These are all the outcomes of poor planning and lack of team structure.

Players are being made scapegoats while the culprit is the coach. Ryan Cooper called the fans idiots, J Zuma called others stupid critics who never kicked a ball and now Maguire is saying the team was not selected by the coach.

The main problem here is that Gordon approached the national team like he did to Moroka Swallows.

Anyway let me leave this to you guys to fight each other over it and wait for my team DRC.
Iniesta Manyisa
posted: 10:15 am
Serero the SA player in your wet dreams. Serero has admitted not to be 100% fit. there is this forbia amongst SA coaches that these overseas based players are best. I do not remember any proof of that. In 2010 WC, goals were scored by locals. No overseas based player even became man of the match.
The selected 23 man squad is no where near representative of SA best soccer players. Igasende wont win anything in this tournament. Previous game he fielded a pair of Parker and Majoro. This is not club football but the country. How on earth do you field an inexperienced Majoro ahead of Mphela? Where is Rantie? Why is Manyisa in this pathetic 23 man squad? I saw this coming from the pathetic selection in training matches prior to to the tournament.

I only support because this is my country but no confidence at all. I rather watch other countries play as opposed to Banana Banana.
Ma-Anza
posted: 10:15 am
In SA everyone is a soccer analyst. In the end we will all suffer from the analysis paralysis and GI won't fulfill his mandate. Leave GI to do his job, because no one is telling you how to do your job.
De Bruin!!!
posted: 10:16 am
You do know your soccer, Fear is a disease and it has made itself welcome in our dwelling palace.

What would your starting 11 be like? Do we have balance in all departments? Winning mentality? Shape when we lost possession?
Do we know how to counter-attack? Are we good at set-pieces? How are we to score? Who gon score?

Here we need everyone i.e From Khune to Killer, to contribute by rattling ze net consistently.
Ze 1996 Dream Team had Character that's why they were so indomitable. They died for each other. They were soldiers. There was a coach who could take risks and never let fear get him down.

Let us play without fear, pity. We should be like Kenneth Mashaba of Generations i.e Ruthless and heartless when we attack!!
Rhuu 4 da champs! OPFC
posted: 10:16 am
yada yada al the time, gordon knws wt his plans are bt wteva thy are im afraid we wont be smiling at da end...he selected da players based on his plans/tactics wteva it is LET HM DO DA JOB...bt im supportin em. Go bafana go, THS IS SAD!!!
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 10:18 am
Double Treble Champ-Marapo

I have always reiterated that each person, media, fans, baboons ann any Tom and Dick will come up with their line up for this team coz to be fair it don't have a structure understood by anyone. We going to blame players, recommend them until we have the likes abo Cyril Nzama on the list. These are all the outcomes of poor planning and lack of team structure.

My Champ, everyone is desperate now, trying to fix what is beyond repair.
number17
posted: 10:18 am
d that is why I would see Letsholonyane doing the job alongside Surman.come on editor Surman is that who refused coffee and took gordon to night club.attention to detail is what you are lacking that why you defend this Zebra inside bafana jersey.
Pirates Dumela
posted: 10:19 am
He he he...Richard Maguire...does Gordon have a team...NO. Does Gordon have a plan...no either, as long as he doesnt start with Seroro, Manyisa and Mphela...i don't see any reasult, the less said about Majoro and Nyawana the better.
I cnt wait for the Champions league.

I love Pirates.
ludoctors1
posted: 10:22 am
Its good for us to voice out our different opinions but only the coach and technical team who has the final say, all we do now is to support whoever plays on the day and wish them gooluck.
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 10:24 am
poor richard. He has opened himself to attack from these Gorillas. Anyway richard ,ur starting 11 and reasoning actually makes sense.unfortunately that cow thuso phala is going to start as well as the out of form shabba .how thuso phala won man of the match against cape verde wel never know. But the problem is that angola are going to park a bus and attack mailny with manucho. if thats the case our midfielders need to use serero to great effect in the 1st half should he start due to the level of his fitness. rather play manyisa alongside furman cos as much as as manyisa is a back passing and sideways passing king, he can retain possesion and that attribute will be important .
Oz
posted: 10:27 am
Khune
Ngcongca
Matlaba
Nthethe
Sangweni
Furman
Yeye
Mahlangu
Serero
Rantie
Mphela
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 10:28 am
Ma-Anza: how do you leave someone to do his job if he is not doing it.

Gordon's work ethic has compromised his job, he is not the honest person that everyone see him to be.

akahambe umkhulu webhunu, he has failed.
Anti-Zebra
posted: 10:36 am
Khune looks so spirited on this pic.

He should've pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Acting seeing that he is such a good actor.

Good luck to Gordon XI. They'll need it
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 10:38 am
I expect to see atleast 4 chiefs players in first 11.

Without Barcelona there is no Spain.
Without TP Mazembe there is no DR Congo.
Without Al Alhy there is no Egypt
Without Kaizer Chiefs there is no Bafana Bafana #fact#

Go bafana bafana go we are 300% behind you
K4L : let's hear
Double Treble Champ-Marapo
posted: 10:47 am
TREBLE CHAMP KING

posted: 10:18 am | Report

Double Treble Champ-Marapo

I have always reiterated that each person, media, fans, baboons ann any Tom and Dick will come up with their line up for this team coz to be fair it don't have a structure understood by anyone. We going to blame players, recommend them until we have the likes abo Cyril Nzama on the list. These are all the outcomes of poor planning and lack of team structure.

My Champ, everyone is desperate now, trying to fix what is beyond repair.

***********

My Champ i think it is better to leave this moegoe learn the hard way. Trying to help fix this mess that we warned people about is just a waste of time. Like one humble supporter who posted here yesterday said South Africans we are very dissapointing, we complain about the team, we don't beleive in the team but we still fill stadiums to support them as if everything is in order.

We need to show Gordon that we really against this bull dung he has turned our national team into.
Mr Chen
posted: 10:47 am
Mr editor I know you are a human being and you are bound to make mistake. It's Furman not Surman. Having said that I think you are absolutely spot on in saying that wing play is not our style because we don't have center forwads that are good on the air but I would prefer to start with Manyisa instead of Mahlangu. Manyisa is good in both defending and attacking and that would allow Furman to play in front of our central defenders
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 10:50 am
eeemzaa-walikhosi

I expect to see atleast 4 chiefs players in first 11.

Without Barcelona there is no Spain.....................Spain won the WC2010
Without TP Mazembe there is no DR Congo..................................Did u see the come back against Ghana
Without Al Alhy there is no Egypt...........................Egypt won AFCON many times, more than any country.
Without Kaizer Chiefs there is no Bafana Bafana #fact#...........................................Bafana Bafana, failed to win Confed, knocked out of the 2010WC group stages, did n't even get a point in the last Afcon, Did n't even qualify for the last 2 Afcon, now about to bow out in the Group stages as hosts.

I agree with you Without Kaizer Chiefs there is no Bafana Bafana, same Chiefs that is approaching 9 years without Championship, VV must be laughing at this country.
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 10:54 am
Gucci Man: its 10:55 now, start preparing your comments, we are going to let you and your crew do your thing now. isikhathi samapopayi sesifikile manje.

at 12:00 i want you to prove to these bloggers how irrelevant you have become. 1..2..3 bhaizane isiye
JAVA
posted: 10:59 am
IGESAND MUST GO N COACH CHIEFS
King E
posted: 11:03 am
Well, let us all be positive and hope the players will carry our hopes. The modern war is not with arms in some forests but on the sports field. Economical powerful countries win gold. If I could, I will adise the coach GI to use Tsepo at the left back and allow Mahlaba in the middle to defend and attack, also find some minutes of Manyisa together.
YOU STOP CRITICS BY WINNING, PROVING THEM WRONG. ALL THE BEST, WE ALL NEED THE BEST.
Anti-Zebra
posted: 11:09 am
Richard Maguire is not smart really.

He says he respects the logic behind the Parker/Balls combination.

Well, this obvious. We also expected it. This is not as much of a secret as Gordon thought it was. But....

I don't respect the logic behind that combination really. These guys were on form in the PSL, and that form had to be carried into the national team in order to keep their momentum going. When Gordon ceased to use the pair in friendly matches, their momentum hit a snag, which is why it didn't work against Cape Verde.

Gordon killed the combination when he ceased to use it in friendly matches.

The Benni/Rantie combination worked at Pirates. But Benni isn't fit, nor is he in the squad. So a Rantie/Mphela combination can work seeing that like Bennie, Mphela holds the ball nice, and can flick and pass the ball to an ever static Rantie who can trouble the defense with his pace and movement off and on the ball.

Richard Maguire wants to see both Mahlangu and Serero and Rantie playing. If that is the case, then Gordon must play a 4-3-3 system when Manyisa and Yeye will hold the midfield, Mahlangu play an advance role in attacking mid, Serero and Parker can play wide forward, and Rantie as a centre forward.

Hehehe .... What is this Richard Maguire thanking Khune for again? I am not sure I understood that part of the article. Can anyone help?
kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK
posted: 11:12 am
What happening to the beloved country ?we never used to be like that !scared of our opponents specially teams like Angola who have Archie's nothing in the world of football.i remember growing up when you talk of brazil,Argentina ,england and all that we will tell you to bring them on but all of a sudden minors like Angola are giving us sleepless knights.Good lord ,mzanzi keep out the fear and less go back to our aggression & arrogance .without those 2 then you are not ready to represent South Africa in any sporting Coates.
kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK
posted: 11:13 am
What happening to the beloved country ?we never used to be like that !scared of our opponents specially teams like Angola who have Achieved nothing in the world of football.i remember growing up when you talk of brazil,Argentina ,england and all that we will tell you to bring them on but all of a sudden minors like Angola are giving us sleepless knights.Good lord ,mzanzi keep out the fear and less go back to our aggression & arrogance .without those 2 then you are not ready to represent South Africa in any sporting Coates.
k2-wa 5 skippas
posted: 11:23 am
Expectations leads to disappoints, its better to be supprissed than disappointed,
Yes we r angry, coz we r not getting wat we were promised by G.I, players selected based on form, goals n attacking football, yes m a pirate supporter, we wer all disappointed for Jali's exclusion, but it shows that even if he ws ther he wudnt even b on the starting line up, wen workers r nt happy they stop working or go slow.

If supporters stop attending S.A games den myb G.I will C we mean business bt I guess those hu still go, they like wat they c 4rm bafana bafana
cmash
posted: 11:36 am
Mriyo The Champ

posted: 09:37 am | Report

Its time to drop underachievers and play wit proven winners.here is a line up from a champ Bucs fan who knows a winning team:wena Igasende,use the 4-3-3 formation with the following players

Khune
Gaxa Khumalo Sangweni Masilela

Yeye
Serero Manyisa
Phala Matlaba (wil play beta dan Shabba as winger)
Rantie (speed is wats needed against Angola)

not a bad line up if u ask me, but i wud prefer it to be like this:

khune
gaxa sangweni khumalo masilela

phala yeye serero manyisa shaba

mphela
MIZOZO
posted: 11:58 am
Richard i said b4 and i'll say it again,let GI do his job then whn his job is finish u can start critise him,if the media is throwing stones at him,who's gonna protect GI?????COME ON MAAN*SICK AND TIRED*
isicefe
posted: 12:41 pm
Richard Maguire....what an article. I agree with concept, but your game plan sucks. Parker on the right....now really. How would that work? Rantie is a good sub, he has pace and can kill the game off when the defenders are tired. Have you ever seen Mahlangu play for his club....he is not a winger, but a central midfield much like yeye, but has pace and gets into the box a lot. My formation would be a 442...this is how we play in SA....from junior teams up....but in this game we need to deploy intelligently.
So here it is:-
------------------------------------------------------Khune-----------------------------------------------
Ngconga------------------------Sangweni-------Khumalo----------------------Matlaba
Phala---------------------------Yeye------------Furnam--------------------------Serero
------------------------------------Parker-------------------------Mphela

Depending on the game situation......and performance of players
Rantie for Mphela
Ace for yeye
Serero is not fit...would have love Chabangu but he is not fit so I would put in May Mahlangu....but play him central offensive and push Parker more up....into the box
Sikelela1
posted: 01:08 pm
110% agree, i wish GI can read this peace, this actually what we need, i tell u fielding this combination with Masilela on the left back, we will do wonders.
Dobson
posted: 01:41 pm
This Yeye must be careful, he was lucky to escape without a caution in the 1st game. He plays dirty in very dangerous areas. That cosmos tendency is still following him.
pitshiza
posted: 04:09 pm
I wonder if Bucs manage to top d league What was gonna be Godini's 23 players. Am sure happy Jele was gonna be there tho he was not fully fit, just like Masilela. Yeye would be warming d bench jali be playing, Manyisa on the left Shabba warming the bench Meyiwa on the poles Khune warming d bench. Rantie and mphela strikers
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