The nationwide group’s woes have thrown the state of South African soccer below extreme scrutiny because the nation displays and ponders the longer term
Former Safa CEO Robin Petersen has described Bafana Bafana’s failure to qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations as a “huge disappointment” and a improvement that frustrates some formidable targets set out by the federation.
Safa formulated Vision 2022, planning to make Bafana one of many top-ranked groups in Africa in addition to qualifying for subsequent yr’s Fifa World Cup, the place they might have focused qualification for the knock-out stage.
But following a 1-1 draw in opposition to Ghana, in addition to a 2-0 defeat away in Sudan, Bafana missed out on a ticket to the Afcon finals to be staged in Cameroon subsequent yr in what was a massive miss of certainly one of their targets.
“What has happened with Bafana is a huge disappointment and a setback for everyone because it means the team will not have a tournament under its belt prior to the World Cup‚ if we qualify for Qatar‚” stated Petersen as per Times Live.
“Qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar was the primary purpose of Vision 2022‚ and it was not solely to qualify however to advance previous the group levels I’m not employed by Safa and that is my private opinion‚ so I don’t know what the present focus is concerning the longer term.”
Petersen additionally questions the way forward for Bafana and South African soccer as a complete.
While junior nationwide groups have been competing at continental and world tournaments as per Vision 2022, Petersen feels such progress is put to waste at Bafana Bafana.
“What I know is that our youth teams are doing well by qualifying for tournaments‚ which is a big part of the vision,” Petersen continued.
“The chronology was to have a sturdy Under-23 squad going to the Olympics in 2020 and the core of that squad was to be chosen for Bafana on the Afcon in 2021. From there a few of them [were to graduate] to the World Cup squad in 2022‚ however Covid-19 has derailed all of that by way of timing.
“The Under-23 group [has not been] capable of play persistently and we haven’t had the Olympics‚ which may have been a good platform for improvement. All these issues must be considered however plans must be tailored‚ given the altering circumstances and environments.
“Maybe Safa are contemplating [a change] to the programme and the imaginative and prescient‚ however I don’t know as a result of I’ve not been there in a very long time. There are a lot of issues that had been achieved and a lot that was not achieved.
“Some of what was not achieved was as a consequence of monetary constraints ‚ which is an ongoing drawback as a result of Safa doesn’t have the sources.”
With present Bafana coach Molefi Ntzseki probably going through the axe, that might imply a contemporary undertaking and a new begin for the incoming coach forward of the World Cup qualifiers in what could be a massive risk to Vision 2022’s major purpose.