On Saturday, Bafana lost 3-1 away to 114th world ranked side, Mauritania. Numerous reasons have been given for such a shock result but when looking at how coach Shakes Mashaba failed to prepare for his opponents, this is no surprise. The arrogance of the coach and his long outdated beliefs has led to a defeat […]
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With the big news confirmed today of Steve Komphela being appointed as Stuart Baxter’s successor at Kaizer Chiefs, we look back at an interview from June 2012 where Komphela discusses his use of Prozone performance analysis and video analysis in his coaching. This interview provides the best insight into the workings of Kaizer Chiefs’ new […]
There are many issues surrounding Bafana Bafana currently but a nagging consistent question for all too long now is – Where is South Arica’s goal scoring striker? The number 9, the go-to-man, the predator in the box! Current coach Shakes Mashaba has utilised the likes of Tekolo Rantie, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Bongani Ndulula and Lehlohonolo Majoro […]
Bafana Bafana’s turnaround under Shakes Mashaba has been remarkable. They have managed what looked impossible – qualification for a tournament with a game to spare. South Africa qualified for Afcon 2015 comfortably as they went unbeaten in a group which included the defending champions Nigeria. There are a number of reasons for Bafana Bafana’s turnaround […]
WITH this week’s news that South African head coach, Gordon Igesund had dropped Bongani Khumalo from the Bafana Bafana squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifier against Central African Republic, a new captain was chosen in the form of goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. The 25 year old has 54 caps for his country already. After several […]
As the South African National football team (also known as Bafana Bafana for international visitors) begin their final preparations for the 2013 African Cup of Nations with friendlies against Norway (Cape Town Stadium, tomorrow night) and Algeria (Saturday 12th Jan, Orlando Stadium), we offer a few thoughts on the squad selected for the coach’s first […]
With the World Cup 2014 looming in the not-too-distant future, Gordon Igesund has an exciting crop of young players breaking through. Igesund has already called up Kgosi Ntlhe to the Bafana Bafana squad after good form for the South African U20s and Peterborough United and thus has shown he has faith in young players. With […]
Two promising performances marked the start of Gordon Igesund’s Bafana Bafana reign. The result was never the focus in Brazil, with the wiser individual appreciating the performance and attitude in a tough fixture in Brazil for the first time in Bafana’s history.
Bafana Bafana’s nickname literally translates to “the Boys, the Boys”. Friday the 7th September marks the day when boys will be expected to become men, as new coach, Gordon Igesund and South Africa face Brazil in a daunting friendly in São Paulo, playing in Brazil for the first time in South Africa’s history.
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Grant James is a professional football analyst and coach who holds an FA Level 2 Coaching License, FA Youth Module 2, CAF B License, the Prozone Level 3 in Performance Analysis and has a one-year diploma in Sports Coaching Science from ETA. All views are his own.
Ebrahim Sadien is an Italian football writer who also covers Bafana Bafana and local South African football.
Andy Forrester is a professional football match and opposition analyst based in Qatar. All views are his own.