Dumitru: SA football is boring!

Veteran coach Ted Dumitru believes "European influences" are impacting negatively on South African soccer

Posted: 25 March 2013 Time: 10:35 am

Veteran coach Ted Dumitru believes "European influences" are impacting negatively on local football.

KickOff.com engaged the former coach of Bafana Bafana, Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns to elaborate on comments he made over the weekend that football on the local front is putting fans to sleep.

The 73-year-old, of Romanian origin, is adamant that local football is far from entertaining.

Dumitru explains: "I think you have to link this with the lack of technical leadership for some years. If you don't have technical leaders in the country, you are subject to influences that might be harmful to your game."

In simple terms, Dumitru bemoans the direct football local teams play while he argues the country has a lot of "skilful" players.

"When it comes to styles of football, you cannot globalise it; the examples are Spain, Germany, Brazil, and etc. If you go to these countries and tell them they have to globalise their game, they will laugh at you and show you the door," Dumitru says.

"There are countries that didn't have strong technical leadership and they made a wrong turn, such as South Africa. Instead of looking at traditions that are very valuable for instance creativity, decisive dribbling and quick combinations of short passing, South Africa threw away all this. Then South Africa, because of influences, adopted direct and predictable football.

"We have paid the price and it is a huge, huge price. We paid dearly and all of us are suffering," he laments.

Dumitru insists that local teams "don't play football; instead we just kick the ball".

Teenage Dladla (right)

"The highest paid players in the world are the best dribblers. Quite ironic. Africans, specifically South Africans, are naturally gifted to beat two, three defenders but if you dribble now, especially at youth level, you are in big trouble. You will be taken out and put on the bench.

"Dribbling, by the way, is how this game was invented not the passing. I'm telling you in today's game Teenage Dladla could have been one of the top international players.

"The longer we delay to accept that we got it wrong, the more damage is going to be done ... we only have 11 qualified youth coaches in the country and that's the most ridiculous thing you ever heard in any football nation. When you want to develop football, you first develop youth coaches. It is absolutely crazy," Dumitru says.

'The Professor', as Dumitru is affectionately known, reckons that the type of football currently played is one of the reasons for the empty stands.

"Have you seen our fans dancing? They don't even look at the game and they are only interested now at the final result. I remember in the '80s and '90s our supporters were glued on the game. There was no time to blow vuvuzelas or move around in the stadium, even speaking to spectators around you.

"Fans were fully, fully involved in the game. Very soon you are going to have empty stadiums if we don't change the way we do things," Dumitru adds.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Is South African football boring and if so why?

Article by: Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Previous comments on this story...

2nd STAR-BOUND-TOLLY
posted: 10:39 am
Thanks Ted, I hope this GI and his zebra fans are listening.

Because players with no or less international experience are selected. Players who do not have championship mentality get first preference. Talking of deserving players.

My champ King once alluded to the lack of playmaker in the team and no one listened. The question is who do we have as a playmaker? We need your Nurse Khumalo type of a player, do we have currently?
Mabizela01
posted: 10:39 am
Blame the Baxter and Rodger ' Mr. Baseball Bat' De- Sa only Sundowns is playing enertaining football
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 10:39 am
TD is 100 correct. This has also been adopted by Bufunny...
FantastiK
posted: 10:41 am
Ish Mdala O rata o bolela jong!!! Is He SAcan cos he use WE in every sentence. KBY!
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 10:42 am
@ Champ Tolly,

You will be insulted by them medioctites, do as I do.....praise them.......

Let me congratulate Gordon’s 11 for their great win, they were playing a big team in CAR.

CAR are the giants of African football, they are not ranked above SA through that controversial rankings for nothing but they have participated in more than 5 World Cups & have partaken in almost all AFCON competitions winning 5 of them in the process. Their gallant & flawless play ensured that the world was wowed & hypnotized during the 2013 AFCON in SA, their win against Nigeria to lift the cup was no fluke. So as patriotic SAns, we must applaud ourselves for winning against the giant.

I wonder what will the minnows such as Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana or Burkina Faso will perform against us but I am sure that we will give them a hiding of a lifetime. They must ask CAR about our immaculate, clandestine tactics by Gordon Evil.

Gordon’s 11 played rushing football that lacks thinking, imagination & execution thereof, but we must not question that as we will be deemed unpatriotic. However as a patriotic San, I will commend Khune on his behavior against the referee. It was childish, out of line, immature, confrontational, aggressive & outright stupid. We all know that the referee has powers to red-card any player that undermines the decisions taken irrespective of its correctness. I wonder if Khune would have survived this kind of behavior in Europe where professionalism is required 1st then the captain’s protestation 2nd not the hurling of insults hlokoloza style.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 10:44 am
I have to say this madala is right about this. remember Pirates during the Leremi's,Cheese boy,Vilakazi etc.We ddnt win anything but the stadium was always packed.Now its just boring defensive tactics,score one goal n dats it.
Gucci Man
posted: 10:49 am
Ted Dimitru ...........I repsect you for what you have don in football.
The difference between you and Gordon is that he(GI) is better than you , becuase he lead players to score ,
Wena Ted Dimitru.......you humiliated the nation more than what Maluti FET College did to Pirates .........we couldn't even score a single goal in the tournament .....Your time is up, you failed dismally in the Bafana Bafana camp.

Sit down madala
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 10:49 am
are u bloggers going to give me credit, Did i make mention of this.

Thank you Ted Dimitru
lites
posted: 10:49 am
You are talking nonsense !!! You are a Man Of Sour Grapes ! What did you achieve.You guys cant handle what Gordon Is doing with Bafana.If we had lost youll will say fire him.
Where your patriosm to support the Teams.We may no be the best but sheer guts and effort is getting us near our goals to qualify for Brazil ! .The only comment is always about Pirates attacking Chiefs or vice versa.Enjoy the beautiful game no matter what the result is and get a life especially dimitru whos a moaner????
NO STRESS AMAKHOSI ATHUKUTHELE ABT TAU
posted: 10:49 am
It is true,i remember when you were coaching kaizer chiefs.The late Emmanuel "scara"Ngobese was your hero when you won the league at chiefs.You were the good coach Mr Dumitru
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 10:51 am
Mabizela01posted: 10:39 am  |  Report
Blame the Baxter and Rodger ' Mr. Baseball Bat' De- Sa only Sundowns is playing enertaining football

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"ENERTAINING"

For Downs it comes as no wonder when it is still in position 10 at this time of the season.

Downs plays ENERTAINING football.
Chiefs plays ENTERTAINING football.

De message is clear

K4L : let's hear
king Messi
posted: 10:51 am
This is true,wer ar trying to copy country's playing style
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 10:51 am
"There are countries that didn't have strong technical leadership and they made a wrong turn, such as South Africa. Instead of looking at traditions that are very valuable for instance creativity, decisive dribbling and quick combinations of short passing, South Africa threw away all this. Then South Africa, because of influences, adopted direct and predictable football.

can we all remember the rgument i had with Chiefs fans with reference to Zongo,Myambela,Nkambule.

Ted is spot on, this is where we lost it and in Brasil, they are on their way to root back to their Samba way of play.
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 10:52 am
Ths man is drunk, he had drops of Grand Touring Vodka(GTV) from Neeskens' golden flask

We cannot afford to have the likes of Mayambela and aboZongo in the field and waste tyme on the ball instead of creating chances...

By the way who are those dribbling who are the highest paid currently? Unamanga lomkhulu.

Football has evolved madala...simplicity is the order of the day. Mark, Pass and Gap!!! Thts what Vilakazi did and made him the marvel to watch
mokgekolo wa ga MOtaung
posted: 10:52 am
Very true madala
DTC Spiritual Owner AKA Jomo Sono
posted: 10:52 am
Shame poor GI does not know how to use Rantie. The boys is only effective when he finishes second balls. He struggle to play as a lone strike. He needs to play around a Box to Box player like Marcathy. We saw how effective he was playing around Benny. where is that other YoTube palooka called Davido Soma. Etlist he can play better with Rantie.

To think Bafana will qualify for B2014 is like Helen Zille believing that one day she will be RSA president. Dream on chimps and waking up from that fantasy you will and by that time you wake up i will be in Brazail watching Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Tunisia and Cameroon live.

Proudly and Realist South African
Mbuzi
posted: 10:53 am
The rot starts at SAFA.
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 10:53 am
@ lites,

What has Gordon Evil done for BB?
Football Fanatic
posted: 10:55 am
Yeah right, you coached Downs development for years, who have you produced to quantify your claims?
Percinator
posted: 10:57 am
Mgugudi: The Trebble Addict, i hope and pray that no one entertains your stupid comment, Khune was right to protest the way he did, the very same Europe that you're talking about, they do more than what Khune did, so take a chill pill.
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