Ntseki mans up and takes Bafana disappointment on the chin
Coach Ntseki after Bafana’s failure to qualify for Afcon: ‘Things like this do happen in football and we own up’
Beleaguered Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has owned up and said the blame for the team’s failure to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) should be laid at his doorstep.
SA will be missing when the continent’s best line up in Cameroon in January next year after Bafana stumbled at the last hurdle‚ going down to Sudan at Al Hilal Stadium in Khartoum on Sunday evening in a 2-0 defeat that has stunned the nation’s soccer lovers.
Calls for Ntseki’s head have mounted since the embarrassing result and the embattled coach said he was as disappointed as the nation. “As a head coach of Bafana Bafana‚ I came up with a turnaround strategy. I think everything started well during the Cup of Nations qualifiers because we managed to accumulate the 10 points and we just needed a point against Sudan to qualify‚” he said. “Yes, as the coach‚ as head of the selection committee‚ as head of the team‚ my disappointment is huge. It’s huge for my personal growth‚ my personal achievements as the coach of Bafana Bafana.”..