Last night was disappointing. That Red Card was absurd and Forlan punished Bafana, but there is something I want to add, something I saw against Mexico and the Danes, something that makes me wonder just what type of football we are currently playing?
Firstly backtrack to 1968, when our current coach accepted the position to manage Ghana, and he did so for seven years. One thing that stuck by me was the fact that he compared Brazilian footballers to their African counterparts, and said that if African’s stuck to their style they could equal the Brazilians in flair and attack and with time even surpass the Samba Kings.
Forward to 1994 and Parreira won the World Cup with Brazil. The flair with which they played was testament to Brazilian dominance on the grandest stage of them all. Forward years later and here he is coaching Bafana Bafana. Now in all fairness, he is doing an excellent job,despite the Boys losing last night against Uruguay but if there is one thing that is a tad disappointing then it is their attacking game. They just don’t possess the athletes that can penetrate the back four, rather they pass it amongst their own back 4. We lack the attacking flair of top sides and this is where experience comes in I guess. Now the players in the squad are some of the best this country has to offer, but in no means are they experienced enough to compete at top level football.
I can see them winning against the French if they adopt a more attacking game plan, one that is based upon Gaxa and Tshabalala on the wings, which sees Moriri and Pienaar introduced to game more often. I also hope that European clubs would snatch up the likes of Tshabalala, Mphela and Modise, so they too can get some much needed experience under their belts, and learn how to play as South Africans, not Brazilians.