‘It hurts watching Bafana Bafana’
Posted: 4 September 2018 Time: 18:00
Former Bafana Bafana defender Nasief Morris says it’s often painfully hard to watch the national team, and says patience is needed in order to achieve results.
South Africa’s recent struggles have been well-documented, having missed out on qualification for the last two World Cups, as well as the previous Africa Cup of Nations tournament, while enduring a gradual slide down the FIFA rankings from a record high 16th in 1996 to its current position of 74th in the world.
Morris, who earned 37 caps for the national team between 2004 and 2009, admits it’s become increasingly hard to follow the team he dutifully served for six years, and feels Bafana should be competing with the best on the continent.
“Sometimes it gets really hard to follow when we can’t get the results against some of the small countries we play against,” he tells KickOff.com. “It’s a heartsore to see things like that, and then think of what we had in previous years, the era under Neil Tovey when we won the Nations Cup in South Africa.
“We tried to build on from there, but kept breaking down again. It's a heartsore, because with the talent we have in South Africa, we should be competing with the rest of Africa for the number one spot.”
When asked about a possible solution, Morris, who is now coach at ABC Motsepe League outfit Ikapa Sporting, insists patience is need in sticking to a structured plan.
“I think there has to be a structure, and a plan, and stick it out,” he says. “As much as there will be difficulties that will come through, at the end of the day you can’t set a plan up and see it’s not working, and then change it again. With a plan there’s structure, and that plan must be seen through all the way, because that’s the only way we will see results.
“Results may not come overnight, it will take time, so that’s where I think we need to be patient, and follow the plan to hopefully achieve positive results in the end.”
Currently sitting joint-top of AFCON qualifying Group E, South Africa face off against Libya in their second qualifier, set to take place at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Kick-off is at 15h00.