Bafana Bafana’s new management has laid the blame for the swak national soccer team at the feet of PSL clubs.
South Africa failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations 2021 – their sixth failure to reach a major tournament (two World Cups and four Afcons) in the last 10 years – prompting the sacking of Molefi Ntseki in March.
Safa replaced Ntseki with Belgian Hugo Broos after a drawn-out search for a new boss.
And with Broos set to miss his first game in charge, tomorrow night’s 6pm friendly with Uganda at Orlando Stadium, after returning to Belgium for his Covid-19 vaccination, his assistants, Helman Mkhalele and Cedomir Janevski took aim at local clubs.
Former Bafana ace Mkhalele told a media conference on Monday: “The biggest challenge that we are facing at Bafana, from my own observation, is what is happening at club level.
“Our players, they’ve got the talent but they’ve not been helped enough. They don’t have the fighting spirit that comes naturally in each and every footballer.
“Those are the challenges that need to be addressed at club level. So, that when they come to the national team, we are able to deal with them at a tactical level.”
Macedonian Janevski added: “We are not here to teach players how to play football. We have to use their individual talent and skills to help them to play as a team.”