“We have many young players that still to match the international standard. We should have started to develop this team two years ago. Looking the other teams like Angola and Senegal have kept the core of their team for long time,” the veteran mentor tells KickOff.com.
“The friendly games that Bafana Bafana have had in their preparation for the Afcon tournament were not enough and the defence has been worrying factor. The teams that we have played recently did not offer the pressure that Bafana will be up against in Ghana,” he says.
Dumitru has picked Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Ivory Coast as hot favourites to fight out the continental showpiece.
“Home ground advantage will favour Ghana, whilst Nigeria, Cameroon and Ivory Coast stand good chance of winning the tournament due to the number of good players they have in their respective squad,” he says, adding that the weather conditions in Ghana will work in their favour as well.
“Ghana will have huge home support and playing at home will be great advantage to them. Nigeria, Cameroon and Ivory Coast are powerful countries in terms of standard of soccer in Africa. However, the winner will come from the team that hits form early. That’s what Egypt did last time,” adds Dumitru, who led Bafana to Egypt where they failed to score a goal in the tournament.