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Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael's claims it's sad Bafana Bafana missed out on the 2018 World Cup

Posted: 19 November 2017 Time: 00:00

Free State Stars head coach Luc Eymael says it's sad that South Africa struggles to qualify for major tournaments when it boasts the best facilities on the continent.

The country is hurting after Bafana Bafana finished bottom of Group D in the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, having also missed out on the African Nations Cup earlier this year.

Eymael believes South Africa can learn from how his native Belgium overhauled their structures to become a force at international level.

"It's sad for Bafana Bafana, but you know there are lot of things that need change here for South Africa's national team," Eymael tells

"It's very important to change a lot of things because you have everything to succeed. You have very nice infrastructure, the very best infrastructure than all of Africa, and you have very good players. It's a country nearest to Europe in terms of infrastructure. But I think you have to have a big philosophy and everybody has to go in the same direction. You have to work the same way, the same methods of training and same targets with the national A team, Under-23, U-20, U-17, U-15. You also need a national teams centre and everything. If you are not doing like that I think you will never succeed to compete against other teams, you won't succeed to go to the World Cup.

"But you have everything to do it, it's just a question of meetings and it's just a question of going in to the right direction. I'm not in SAFA so I don't know what happened exactly, but I know what a project is. The teams need to work on the same tactical training like we did in Belgium in 2010. We broke away with everything and we restarted. That's my opinion. If you want to succeed with Bafana Bafana you have to change your structure, you have to change the project, you have to change a lot of things that you are able to do here in South Africa because the first material is the players... you have it. The second material is the infrastructure... you have it. So you have to change the project, you have to put in place a common philosophy and you have to work in the same way, but also with more than methods of training in each category."

Article by: Sipho Mlotha
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