Igesund rattles the Bafana cage
31 August 2012 | The Citizen
Any players who thought they had automatic right to a Bafana Bafana call-up have been given a wake-up. And the inclusion of new names, particularly from overseas clubs, shows a willingness to cast the net wider than his predecessor was prepared to venture.
Certainly Pitso Mosimane gave the impression there were some favourites who could do no wrong, regardless of form.
Merely by opening the door, the coach gives hope to players and fans.
No one expects South Africa to beat Brazil in Sao Paulo next week, even if the five-time world champions field a B or C team. What we’ll be looking for are positive signs that can be translated into goals against Mozambique four days later.
Right now there don’t seem to be too many in the squad who know how to find the back of the net.
Igesund assured journalists that Dino Ndlovu, who plays for Israel’s Maccabi Haifa, will surprise a lot of people. “He’s very strong and scores a lot of goals.”
Let’s hope so. One of the local heroes, Katlego Mphela of Mamelodi Sundowns, who has scored 23 goals for Bafana, was not considered because of injury.
South Africa’s record international goal scorer, Benni McCarthy with 32, did not crack the nod. Hopes were raised a month ago when Igesund said he would have to consider the 34-year-old.
“His vision and ability to defy the odds are magnificent. He is truly hungry and I am impressed.”
But now the coach apparently thinks McCarthy isn’t as disciplined and focused as he should be.
That’s a pity because Bafana need someone with his scoring ability. The goal is goals, Gordon.
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