Former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker has opened up about the recent failure of Bafana Bafana to qualify for the 2021 Afcon in Cameroon next year.
On Sunday evening, South Africa lost 2-0 against Sudan to miss out on a spot in the finals. The Cosafa nation needed a draw to progress, but the Sudanese came out guns blazing and stunned their visitors.
Speaking to Times LIVE, the now retired Barker said he always questioned how Safa came to a decision to appoint a coach who had no proven record or experience.
“I have always said that you have to have coaches that have won things. I mean‚ not to be against coach Molefi Ntseki‚ I think his mannerisms are good and I think his intentions are good‚ but really you have got to win things. I feel for him.
“I think it is terrible that we have all these facilities that we have got and just be knocked out so early. It is just crazy. The quality of football leaves quite a bit to be desired.”
Barker won the Afcon with Bafana Bafana back in 1996 and he had a proven track record before being recruited to lead the nation. The 71-year-old said the national team is a big responsibility that need coaches who have done well in their careers.
“I mean‚ it is crazy. You can’t go there and be in charge of a national team and you have never won anything. I can’t recall if he has won something and if he has won‚ then I do apologise.
“Arthur Zwane sits there and he has won all types of trophies‚ how can he go there and have a guy who has never won anything?.”
Barker continued to suggest two coaches that he believes should be given an opportunity to coach the national team going forward. He believes that bringing together all experts could also aid the country and make the situation better.
“I think they should have thought of maybe someone like Benni McCarthy or people like that, who can come in and turn this whole thing around.
“No doubt about it‚ he [McCarthy] is a breath of fresh air. He knows the game at the highest level and he has played and scored at the highest level. He has made his mark at national level as a player and he is now making his mark as a coach locally. He is the guy that should be able to take us forward.
“He is the flavour of the month at the moment – and he should be, too. He has done really well as a coach‚ the people respond well to him and they do it for a reason – because he has delivered the goods before.”
Pitso Mosimane has won all domestic and continental trophies with Mamelodi Sundowns and his current club Al Ahly where he has been doing well since his arrival. Barker believes he can also be roped in to do the job at Nasrec.
“We have got coaches here at home and we must pay them to get the team in decent situations‚ and give them the support.
“The only thing is to get results. We have got to get young Benni or a Pitso Mosimane who has won at the highest level in Africa. We have got people who have won things. There are talented people. There is Shakes Mashaba, who has had a tough time as a coach.
“I think if they get everybody together that has coached Bafana, that would be the way to go. I think those people have the right ideas. We definitely have the right quality of players and we have got the right set-up.”
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