Exclusive: Kannemeyer on Why He Doubts Bafana Will Reach 2022 World Cup

Exclusive: Kannemeyer on Why He Doubts Bafana Will Reach 2022 World Cup

- The former Bafana Bafana defender, David Kannemeyer reacts on the new Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos

- Kannemeyer has questioned SAFA’s planning, saying he preferred a local coach to lead Bafana and not Broos

- Moreover, the former Kaizer Chiefs defender, Kannemeyer, says Bafana might not qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

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Just after the South African Football Association announced coach Molefi Ntseki’s replacement in the form of Hugo Broos, legend David Kannemeyer exclusively tells Briefly News says he is speechless.

The retired Bafana left-back says it seems SAFA has no vision in place and argues that South Africans might as well kiss the 2022 FIFA World Cup goodbye.

Based in Cape Town and having played for Cape Town Spurs, Mamelodi Sundowns, and Kaizer Chiefs in his prime time, Kannemeyer says he has nothing against European coaches but he didn’t expect another one to be unveiled on Wednesday.

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Former Bafana Bafana defender David Kannemeyer is not convinced with Hugo Broos. Image: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Patrik Stollarz/AFP via Getty Images
Former Bafana Bafana defender David Kannemeyer is not convinced with Hugo Broos. Image: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Patrik Stollarz/AFP via Getty Images
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Kannemeyer exclusively told Briefly News:

“I’ve got no words honestly, it seems like we don’t learn and it’s disappointing. It’s difficult to understand the planning. Yes, I preferred a local coach because of the state of our football at the moment.
“That’s why I’ve got no words.”

Broos is the man credited for guiding Cameroon to the 2017 CAF African Cup of Nations glory, but the Mother City-based legend is not convinced of the Belgian’s abilities.

He added:

“I’m not sure because we are chopping and changing and we don’t have a proper development structure in South Africa.
“So, it’s (success) not something that we can achieve by bringing a good coach. It’s simple, we need proper structures and bring someone that knows our game. I think if you look at over the last 10 years or so, what have we done as a country?
“Yes, we can blame this and that but we don’t have planning and at the moment, it’s obvious we don’t have planning. It tells a story of having no plan, how can you expect results?

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“I doubt the new coach will bring immediate results because it’s more like a start from scratch for him. He is new and definitely has to look at the players and bring his philosophy.”

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The former player who helped the South African team beat Brazil at the Olympics in Sydney back in 2000 responded to what could have led to failed attempts to lure the likes of Benni McCarthy and Pitso Mosimane. He continued:

“You can’t just leave your club and come to the national team then find yourself jobless after three or six months.
“I think the local guys have to just take six months contracts. That’s why I’m saying what is the country want in terms of long-term planning.
“I think that is the reason the local coaches said no. I think SAFA has to bring in local legends. If you look at Europe, that is happening.

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“I can’t understand why it is not happening here. Look, we attended coaching courses a long time ago. There were about 40 of us as former players, we were promised jobs and I can mention Cyril Nzama, Jabulani Mendu, Fabian McCarthy.
“We have won the league title, played for Bafana, and did well. What is it that we still need to do and prove our worth? We are not involved even at the club level. How is that possible?”

Moreover, the former Masandawana left-back argues that a country like Senegal and European countries have faith in their own but it’s different in Mzansi. Explained the retired left-footed player:

“I have to respect foreign coaches, but it’s sad you can’t even see one South African coaching in Europe. You go to England and they use their ex-pros. It’s sad.
“I think our chances to reach the World Cup are very slim because this is a new coach and he will start from scratch. That’s the sad truth. I think if we had a local, then we would be saying a different thing because a local is fully aware of what we need now.

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“Look at Senegal, they have Aliou Cisse, he always goes to AFCON and World Cup tournaments, it’s working everywhere but I can’t understand why not with us.”

Briefly News reported that SAFA have roped in Broos but the 69-year-old is set to arrive in the country next week.

On the other hand, McCarthy also responded to the reports linking with the national side, saying he was happy at AmaZulu.

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