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The Burkina Faso media condemn coach Paulo Duarte over Bafana loss

Posted: 16 August 2011 Time: 11:59

The Burkina Faso media have roundly condemned national team coach Paulo Duarte for fielding an under-strength Stallions team against Bafana Bafana earlier this month.

The Stallions were soundly defeated 3-0 by their hosts at Ellis Park earlier this month and Duarte immediately put the blame on Safa, accusing them of underhand tactics in a chaotic build-up to the game, which saw them train with only 10 players the day before the match at Ellis Park.   "There were problems… the problems that we faced were that of planning and organization. The game was organised by Safa and not the Burkina Faso Football Association. Due to that poor planning I only had 50 percent of the players and probably that was a strategy by Safa," Duatre said.   However, an investigation by the Burkinabe media now reveals that more than half the squad called up by Duarte boycotted the coach.   "Some of those [the players] we contacted emphasised that their defection was because the game was to be played during the week and because of the lengthy 12-hour flight to South Africa.    "For athletes who must play for their clubs at the weekend [Saturday or Sunday], they argued that their coaches would not release them for this meeting."   The Burkina Faso report says that an added problem was that five players who were called in as last-minute substitutes, Gouo Issa, Nii Adamah Plange, Ishola Wassiyou, Ashante Solomon and Adama Sakande, only arrived on the morning of the match because of visa problems, which meant that that Duarte only had 16 players, including two goalies, for selection.   The Burkinabe media also poses the question of whether the lure of the R500 000 paid to their Football Association was worth the disgrace to a country ranked fourth in Africa.   "It was a team unworthy to represent our football," the report adds. 

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 12:24 pm
Fired him, fire the baaazssstad, fire that things, loser...moemish...!!!
Bin Laden
posted: 12:27 pm
Hola Nkanyim....That thing must be fired..I think Bobby must engage himself with that Ape and take him to Nappyrena,where the moemish rule.
Thulu for life
posted: 12:43 pm
No Bin Laden, we don't need this in SA. This coach doesn't qualify to coach the national team. He is a joke.
HlatseBoy Wa Lekhosi
posted: 12:52 pm
SAFA must demand the money they paid the Bukinabe FA for that game back.........
posted: 01:03 pm
If SAFA did nothing wrong, then all is well. SAFA can not control who other associations put on the starting line-up.
Bra Aubs
posted: 01:07 pm
Bring them back and lets chow them again
posted: 01:28 pm
I long for the day when we won't have to pay people so they can come play us
posted: 01:34 pm
why do safa always invite messed up federations, have bafana ever got invited by other nations coz its always safa forking cash for games
posted: 02:09 pm
It was a FIFA date so these players have no leg to stand on about the coach refusing them to travel. They decided themselves to preserve a place in the starting 11 at their clubs by choosing to not come.

There were no issues with the visas as 5 players called on the eve of the game recieved their visas immediately on arrival.

HlatseBoy is right, BFA must pay back the the $75 000 appearance fee they recieved from SAFA.
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 02:40 pm

"It was a team unworthy to represent our football," the report adds.

Bin Laden
posted: 02:42 pm
This coach can together with Bobby can form a very dangerous combination. The 2 make a very good example that education is not always the key to succeed
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 03:36 pm
This story does not make sense
"boycotted the coach" or Boycotted thier Burkina Faso organisation?That media is investigating crap,how do u blame a coach 4 dat game coz its not him who organised the game with SAFA.I dont see how the coach is to blame.U cant blame Pitso 4 playas who dnt honour their national call ups.
posted: 03:39 pm
At the end of the day,SA wasted loads of monies with these West Africans!Whereas they could have engaged the more competetive Warriors or Zebras.SA has'nt really conqured southern Africa for it to claim powerhouse Status,playing the likes of an aging Egyptian team or a select of Burkina Faso players is nothing to write home about.Avoiding competitive & resurging teams is simply a way to avoid sacking a coach too soon by SAFA!!!Playing Burkina Faso because of its ranking has exposed the FIFA Coca-Cola Rankings & has proved that away from home in Africa;with or without the best players on the pitch,chances are that a visiting team is bound to lose!So SAFA had it coming!!
posted: 06:25 pm
i was wondering how bafana bafana managed to get a win.... lol weak bafana cant beat a strong burkina faso FACT
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