The South African Football Association (SAFA) has released its latest fixtures for the calendar year.
SA National teams fixtures:
17 Banyana Banyana vs Sweden (closed training match) 11:00, Athlone Stadium (No TV / No Media / No public)
19 Banyana Banyana vs the Netherlands, Winnie Mandela International Challenge, 15:00, Cape Town Stadium
22 Banyana Banyana vs Sweden, Albertina Sisulu Centenary Challenge, 19:00, Cape Town Stadium
Eygyt pipped South Africa to host the 2019 AFCON event. What this means is Bafana Bafana now have their qualifying fate in their own hands.
When you heard South Africa was in line to host AFCON 2019, after CAF stripped Cameroon’s rights to hold the tournament, your first thought wasn’t your excitement to see this guy…
…who seemed to be at every AFCON you’ve watched since you were a kid*. The first thought that pop in your head was ‘So this means Bafana Bafana would qualify automatically right?! Hooray!’
Can Stuart Baxter be the guy that turns the Bafana Bafana ship around and build a culture of winning football in South Africa?
It would be understandable if you thought Stuart Baxter isn’t the best fit for the Bafana job. Firstly, he was hired after SAFA fired beloved Shakes Mashaba over some bull shit and secondly, his team’s performance in the World Cup qualifiers was embarrassing, to say the least. As you know an international coach is judged on whether his side qualified for the World Cup or not, rather than how many irrelevant soccer nations he can beat up in the Cosafa Cup.
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter seems to think the only reason South Africa didn’t qualify for the World Cup was that his team didn’t score enough goals.
Stuart Baxter reckons scoring goals is what wins you games.
“…our biggest shortcoming, which has been the country’s perennial problem, has been scoring goals,” Baxter said.
Bafana Bafana’s slim World Cup qualifying hopes were crushed last night with a 0-2 defeat to Senegal on home soil. As if they didn’t know what to expect, the country is heartbroken, enraged, and looking for a scapegoat, I say let’s blame Stuart Baxter.
I’m making a promise to myself and to you my loyal reader that I will never watch a Bafana Bafana game for the next 36 months. Watching them play isn’t good for my health, they give me headaches, heart palpitations and last night after Mkhize’s own goal-Senegal’s second- I got a seizure.