We are not here to teach players how to play football – Janevski


“We have to use their individual talent and skills to help them to play as a team. That’s the target that we want to achieve in the coming period.”

These are the words of new Bafana Bafana assistant coach Cedomir Janevski, who said that they want to help players gel together as a team in the new dawn.

The SA Football Association (Safa) recently appointed Hugo Broos as Molefi Ntsek’s successor. The Belgian coach then appointed two assistants, Janevski from Macedonia and Bafana legend Helman Mkhalele.

Janevski and Mkhalele will be in charge of Bafana’s friendly against Uganda at Orlando Stadium on Thursday as Broos is in Belgium to receive his second jab of the Covid-19 vaccine after leaving South Africa last month.

“When we knew that we’ll be playing against Uganda, we, together with the staff, watched some of their games. We analysed their strong and weak points. We are going to prepare in a short period so that we can get a result. We know that it won’t be an easy game,” said Janevski.

Over the last 10 years, Bafana have produced below-par performances – failing to qualify for a handful of Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) and World Cups.

“The biggest challenge that we are facing at Bafana, from my own observation, is what is happening at club level. There are many aspects that need to be addressed at club level. Our players, they’ve got the talent but they’ve not been helped enough,” said Mkhalele.

“The players have the talent, but they don’t have the fighting spirit that comes naturally in each and every footballer. Those are the challenges that need to be addressed at club level. So, that when they come to the national team, we are able to deal with them at a tactical level.”

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By FARPost Reporter 

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