Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki has weighed in on the cancelled Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.
It was scheduled for January next year, but will now be played a year later in 2022.
“This does not come as a surprise because if you think about it, what is happening in South Africa is a clear indication of the real situation – there is currently no football. This goes to show just how difficult it is for everyone, especially on the continent,” said Ntseki.
“We know that some leagues around the world are on the go, but they had to go through stringent measures to be where they are today – the same will apply with us,” added the Bafana coach.
Ntseki believes that there is hope for the future. “By postponing tournaments, they are trying to see into the future and hoping for a better tomorrow as they don’t want to put lives under threat.
“So we basically have a year to start playing – depending of course on how the pandemic is dealt with over the coming weeks and months on the continent.
The Bafana coach is not worried about the players’ fitness levels as they have been following their clubs’ respective training programmes from home and the government has given the Premier Soccer League (PSL) the green light to re-start the season.
“It has been a really bad experience without the game for so long, and now we edging ever so close to the resuming action.
“Depending on how much time they are given to prepare for the league, it is going to be energy sapping for them as their fitness levels will be at their lowest for the type of athletes they are.
“This is a horror experience for coaches and players alike not being on the field. The reality is that when the games start, they will be playing back-to-back matches and that could be demanding on them,” concluded Ntseki.
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Edited by Tokelo Martin Mokhesi