Da Gama: Local coach for Bafana


Da Gama – who also turned out for Moroka Swallows during his playing days – says SAFA’s intentions of maintaining a harmonized playing philosophy among junior national teams right up to senior level will only succeed with a local coach at the helm. 

Frenchman Herve Renard and Shakes Mashaba are among the coaches who are being linked with the Bafana coaching post. 

SAFA are expected to announce Gordon Igesund’s successor at the end of this month. 

“A local coach is ideal for Bafana. If you look at other African countries that have appointed foreign coaches, you will notice that they are not consistent in terms of getting results,” Da Gama tells KickOff.com.     

Asked whether European coaches are not better equipped with modern coaching techniques than their local counterparts, Da Gama responds: “Do foreign coaches know more about our own players than locals? Are they familiar with our culture and the characteristics of South African football? I do not think so. 

“Foreign coaches are not super coaches. Local coaches, on the other hand, have a better background of our football. 

“What SAFA must aim at is to expose as many local coaches as possible to the modern trends of football.

“This will ensure that the knowledge they gain is used to the benefit of local football. We must see more coaches enrolling for courses in Germany, Italy and other countries,” adds the ex-Orlando Pirates tactician.