South Africa apartheid soccerlegend Sunday commended the South African Football Association (SAFA) for setting criteria to only consider senior local soccerplayers to coach the national men soccer team. Zacharia Lamola, who played soccer in the early 1970s, said thenotion is a bold move towards reconstruction of local football andrealization of South Africa soccer identity. South Africa national team, Bafana Bafana, has been under thetutelage of foreign coachers for a long time. This ended in 2010when Pitso Mosimane took over from Brazil’s Carlos Alberto Parreirawho failed to take Bafana Bafana to the second round during theFIFA 2010 world cup.
Mosimane was fired last week after his team drew 1-1 scoring at thelast 15 minutes against the low rated Ethiopia. His team failed toimpress the nation on almost all games it played since hisappointment. However, Lamola said Mosimane has done a lot towardsre-branding South Africa soccer and should not be blamed for BafanaBafana failure. “He has done his duty and what he can. We should know that he tookover a team that had gradually lost the South Africa style ofsoccer so his (duty) was not only training but installing thatvalue to our boys,” Lamola, 61, said in an interview with Xinhua.”He did a lot to give the team local focus,” he added.
Lamola who played alongside soccer stars like of Patson Banda ” TheBlack Cat”, Jomo Sono “the Black Prince”, Ephraim Mashaba andRodney Kitchin said South Africa will go to the 2014 FIFA World Cupwith a local coach. “We have everything. We have talent. What we want is a local brandfrom a local coach,” Lamola said. Barrier Gates
Lamola who played number eight during the first national officialmulti-racial soccer team that thrashed the all star Argentina team5-0 at Rand stadium in Johannesburg in 1976 urged SAFA to utilizeretried local players. He called on the soccer governing body tosupport former willing devote their time towards national soccerdevelopment. He said it is vital for old players to interact with nationalcoachers, the national team players and soccer administrators. The soccer legend affectionately know in his yore days as “TheComputer” because “I was able to calculate the game and could readthe situation to beat the enemy said old players can add value bygiving advice, ideas, wisdom and motivation to young players duringtheir camping and practice. “All this must happen in South Africa if we want to avoid beingalways disappointed by our boys,” said Lamola who is also a wellknown motivational speaker. China Long Range RFID Reader
He urged SAFA to create a platform thatallows formal interaction between young and old soccer players. “Former players are assets to the nation they plough back wisdomand experience. By neglecting our former player we are destroyingour football,” said Lamola who has devoted his lifetime tovolunteer amature soccer training in Soweto. “SAFA must ensure that there is a platform where these retiredplayers gather to share experience with our present young playersespecially those in the national team,” the former national teammidfielder said. “Former player are crucial for national soccer development in everycountry but here we are not taken serious,” he added. Swing Barrier Manufacturer
SAFA is currently hunting for a candidate to replace Mosimane. Ithas since listed five former Bafana Bafana players includingcurrent assistant coach Steve Komphela. Others include Mashaba,Gordon Igesund, Gavin Hunt and Neil Tovey. SAFA Chief Executive officer Robin Petersen said the interviewprocess will start on June 13, 2012 and is expected to be concludedon June 18 with the final candidate announced to the nation on orbefore June 30.