South African football legend Mark Fish says former Bafana Bafana head coach Frenchman Philippe Troussier was an “idiot” and should have never been allowed near the South African coaching job.
According to fish, who is a 1996 AFCON winner, Bafana Bafana were divided under Troussier.
“Many things happened at France 1998 [FIFA World Cup]. Troussier should never have been the coach [of Bafana],” said Fish.
“As we [players] were separated from the beginning when he said local-based players one side and foreign based players the other…He was an idiot!!!,” added the 1995 CAF Champions League winner with Orlando Pirates.
Barts said to me look there…Trousier is saying something stupid again 👊😂 pic.twitter.com/dsbZ79TAS5
— Mark Fish (@markfish74) March 28, 2020
Troussier was at the helm of Bafana for over two months failing to win any of his six matches in charge, drawing four and losing two. He was in charge when South Africa played in their first ever World Cup in 1998 where the national team bowed out in the first round.
Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs legend Neil Tovey in his autobiography‚ Neil Tovey‚ A Captain’s Journey‚ mentioned that Troussier was not a good communicator and he usually threw temper tantrums with Bafana players in 1998.
“The coach’s English wasn’t great, and he often struggled to get his point across. That’s when he started gesturing a lot‚” said Tovey in his book.
“He would lose his temper quickly and shout loudly‚ something that didn’t go down well with a lot of players‚ especially Doctor Khumalo‚ who hated getting yelled at.
“When a coach comes from another country‚ it’s crucial that he understands the culture of the country he is working in,” added Tovery, captain of the Bafana AFCON winning team on home soil in 1996 and when they also qualified for France 1998 under coach Clive Barker.
Troussier who also coached Kaizer Chiefs left Tovey out of his squad for the 1998 World Cup in France with Tovey stating that the coach admitted that he should have selected him.
By FARPost Reporter