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The Dual Citizenship Bafana Bafana, In An Alternative Universe

The results have been less than impressive, losing 4 competitive fixtures out of 7, at international level, is tantamount to regression, especially when one looks closely at the team selection and tactics deployed. The 7 Lessons From 7 Games We Can't Build For 2022 With 27+ Year Old New Internationals We Can't Play A High Line With Slow Defenders We Can't Counter Press Without A Natural No: 10 We Can't Keep Playing Without Recognized Elite Strikers We Can't Call-Up Foreign Based Players To Warm The Bench We Can't Keep Shunning Foreign Born Players We Can't Keep Overestimating The PSL Standard Click To Tweet

The dust has barely settled, on yet another failed major international tournament qualification attempt, while Stuart Baxter remains adamant that he will see his tenure through, and only resign if the team fails to qualify for the 2019 African Cup Of Nations, the entire football fraternity remains in doubt, regarding the direction our senior men’s national team has been heading. Another major tournament, where we are forced to adopt nations to support, due to our own failure to manage our vast resources adequately, it’s become a bad habit, that needs to be addressed.

Baxter raised many eyebrows, when he confessed to having no written mandate from SAFA, when he took over, a far cry from the Vision 2022 ideal, that we have all been grading the system upon; the lack of a mandate, should’ve been evident in Baxter’s team selections, for some of the most pivotal clashes in his spell thus far. Only once has Baxter started a game, with an XI that was average aged 26, the “max” age for us to be blooding player in, as we build for the next International cycle, while being competitive today, like our adopted World Cup nation Nigeria did successfully.

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Stuart Baxter | May 4th, 2017 –

Played: 7
Won: 2
Lost: 5
Scored: 9
Conceded: 12

Game 1 | Away | June 10th | 2019 AFCON Qualifier
NGR 0 – 2 RSA | Rantie & Tau Goals, Mphahlele & Dolly Assists
RSA Starting Lineup Average Age | 28
Opp Starting Lineup Average Age | 24
Key Outliers | Langerman (31) & Furman (29) In Starting XI
Verdict | Off Vision 2022, On Mission 2019

Game 2 | @Home | June 13th | Friendly International
RSA 1 – 2 ZAM | Manyama Goal, Erasmus Assist
RSA Starting Lineup Average Age | 26
Opp Starting Lineup Average Age | 24
Key Outliers | Mabunda (29) Ngoma (29) & Hlanti (27) In Starting XI
Verdict | On Vision 2022, Off Mission Job Security

Game 3 | Away | September 1st | 2018 World Cup Qualifier
CDV 2 – 1 RSA | Rantie Goal, Langerman Assist
RSA Starting Lineup Average Age | 27
Opp Starting Lineup Average Age | 28
Key Outliers | Langerman (31) & Furman (29) In Starting XI
Verdict | On Vision 2022, Off Mission 2018

Game 4 | @Home | September 5th | 2018 World Cup Qualifier
RSA 1 – 2 CDV | Jali Goal
RSA Starting Lineup Average Age | 29
Opp Starting Lineup Average Age | 28
Key Outliers | Sandilands (34), Gould (34), Kekana (32), Furman (29) & Grobler (29) In Starting XI
Verdict | Off Vision 2022, Off Mission 2018

Game 5 | @Home | October 7th | 2018 World Cup Qualifier
RSA 3 – 1 BFA | Tau, Zwane & Vilakazi Goals, Daniels, Jali & Tau Assists
RSA Starting Lineup Average Age | 28
Opp Starting Lineup Average Age | 25
Key Outliers | Daniels (33), Gould (34), Mkhize (29), Hlanti (27) & Vilakazi (28) In Starting XI
Verdict | Off Vision 2022, On Mission 2018

Game 6 | @Home | November 10th | 2018 World Cup Qualifier
RSA 0 – 2 SEN
RSA Starting Lineup Average Age | 29
Opp Starting Lineup Average Age | 27
Key Outliers | Hlanti (27), Gould (34), Daniels (33), Mkhize (29), Furman (29) & Vilakazi (28) In Starting XI
Verdict | Off Vision 2022, Off Mission 2018

Game 7 | Away | November 14th | 2018 World Cup Qualifier
SEN 2 – 1 RSA | Tau Goal, Dolly Assist
RSA Starting Lineup Average Age | 28
Opp Starting Lineup Average Age | 26
Key Outliers | Hlanti (27), Daniels (33), Gould (34), Mkhize (29), Furman (29) & Vilakazi (28) In Starting XI
Verdict | Off Vision 2022, Off Mission Job Security

The results have been less than impressive, losing 4 competitive fixtures out of 7, at international level, is tantamount to regression, especially when one looks closely at the team selection and tactics deployed.

The 7 Lessons From 7 Games

We Can’t Build For 2022 With 27+ Year Old New Internationals
We Can’t Play A High Line With Slow Defenders
We Can’t Counter Press Without A Natural No: 10
We Can’t Keep Playing Without Recognized Elite Strikers
We Can’t Call-Up Foreign Based Players To Warm The Bench
We Can’t Keep Shunning Foreign Born Players
We Can’t Keep Overestimating The PSL Standard

There are a few things I can understand, injuries and suspensions occur at any level, but a footballing nation such as ours, should have more in reserve than 30 year olds that barely dominate in our local league on a consistent basis. The tactical aspect has never been an Achilles Heel for Baxter, his Kaizer Chiefs team won playing a European influenced counter-pressing style, underpinned by experienced players in their primes, and pace provided by the youth in amply supply. His recent selections, have been head scratching to say the least, with elite talents in their prime often being overlooked, for “more experienced” peers, who have had ample opportunity at the highest level, and largely failed to help take the nation forward.

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Which brings me to now, the biggest draw Stuart Baxter had as Bafana coach, in today’s climate, for me personally, was his potential draw, in recruiting the plethora of South African passport holding footballers plying their trade abroad. None of which has occurred, on the contrary, Lars Veldwijk has been consistently overlooked under Baxter, when we badly needed a focal point upfront, while we saw Bradley Globler & Thamsanqa Gabuza selected instead; the same can be said at left fullback, where Kgosi Ntlhe should’ve been given a chance when Tsepo Masilela begun to age, yet he’s been constantly overlooked, to the detriment of his game, confidence and profile as a footballer. If Baxter seeks to truly help our national team, he needs to start improving the quality of our national depth chart in every single position, from now, until he leaves the hotseat. The legacy of Stuart Baxter as Bafana coach was never set to be one of accolades and silverware, he inherited an aged nucleus, with an exhausted fan base, that had all but given up hope; the time has come for him to pay it forward, and leave the next coach with a solid base of players to pick from and build with.

The Dual Citizenship Bafana | A Juxtaposed Reality | 3-3-2-1-1 “Expats United”

Key

# Player

DoB

Position/s

Nationalities

Pedigree

Current Club

National Team

 

1 Maarten van der Want 

Jan 15th, ‘95 | 22

GK
1, 91 m
Right Foot

Dutch
South African

ADO Den Haag Youth Team

Virtus Entella Olbia Calcio 1905 | Italy 🇮🇹

N/A

3 Nikola Tavares

Jan 17th, ‘99 | 18

CB
1, 76 m
Right Foot

Croatian
South African

Brentford Youth Team | Crystal Palace Youth Team

Crystal Palace | England 🇬🇧

Croatian U/18 & U/19 International

4 Keith Groeneveld

Jun 24th, ‘99 | 18

CB/ DM
1, 90 m
Right Foot

Belgian
South African

Royal Antwerp Youth Team | KV Mechelen Youth Team

Standard Lièrge | Belgium 🇧🇪

Belgian U/18 International

5 Loïc Ombala

Mar 31st, ’97 | 20

CB/ RB
1, 78 m
Right Foot

Cameroonian
South African

Team Vaud Yverdon Youth Team

FC Bavois FC Azzurri LS 90 | Switzerland 🇨🇭

N/A

2 Sylian Mokono

Mar 22nd, ’99 | 18

RB
1, 83 m
Right Foot

Dutch
South African

FC Utrecht Youth Team

FC Utrecht | The Netherlands 🇳🇱

N/A

6 Joel Untersee

Feb 11th, ’94 | 23

RB/ LB
1, 81 m
Right Foot

Swiss
South African

FC Zürich Youth Team | Juventus Youth Team | FC Vaduz

Brescia FC Empoli (On Loan From Juventus) | Italy 🇮🇹

Swiss U/15, U/16, U/17, U/18, U/19, U/20 & U/21 International

8 Phondo Wälläri

May 2nd, ’99 | 18

DLP, B2BM
Left Foot

Finnish
South African

FC Loppi | Riihimäen Palloseura | PK Keski – Uusimaa Youth Team

Pallokerho Keski – Uusimaa | Finland 🇫🇮

Finnish U/17 International

7 Siph Mdlalose

Jan 28th, ’99 | 18

RWM
1, 78 m
Right Foot

English
South African

Southampton Youth Team

Southampton | England 🇬🇧

N/A

11 Ambousoirya Mahadi

Mar 5th, ’99 | 18

LWM/ AM/ AF
Right Foot

French
South African

Olympique de Marseille Youth Team

Aubagne FC | France 🇫🇷

N/A

10 Tyrique Bartlett

Apr 14th, ’99 | 18

AF/ CF
1, 76 m
Right Foot

English
South African

University of Pretoria Youth Team

Newcastle United | England 🇬🇧

N/A

9 Marvin Graf

Aug 17th, ’95 | 22 CF
1, 88 m
Right Foot

Swiss
South African

FC Adliswil | FC Zürich Youth Team

FC Wohlen FC Zürich | Switzerland 🇨🇭

Swiss U/16, U/17, U/18 & U/19 International

12 Dani Amos

Feb 2nd, ’87 | 30

GK
1, 85 m
Right Foot

Israeli
English
South African

Kiyat Shmona | Hapoel Tel Aviv | Hapoel Acre

Maccabi Petah Tikva Maccabi Netanya | Israel 🇮🇱

Israeli U/21 International

13 Alessandro
Petrone

Oct 8th, ’96 | 21

RB/ LB
1, 87 m
Right Foot

Italian
South African

Benevento Youth Team | Torrecuso | Arzachena

Free Agent

N/A

14 Daniel Collins

Jun 15th, ’95 | 22

Utility Defender
Right Foot

Welsh
South African

Marconi | Bala Town | Wrexham | Rhyl | Colwyn Bay

Wrexham | Wales & England 🇬🇧

N/A

15 Dani Ladeira

May 28th, ’96 | 21

DLP, B2BM
1, 75 m
Right Foot

Portuguese
South African

Nacional Yout Team | Camacha | Carev Dvor

Enfield FC | England 🇬🇧

N/A

16 Max Falldorf

Mar 7th, ’98 | 19

DLP, AM, AP
1, 82 m
Left Foot

German
South African

Werder Bremen Youth Team | FC Verden Youth Team | SC Weyhe Youth Team | JFV Nordwest Youth Team

TP Uphusen | Germany 🇩🇪

N/A

17 B.J. Banda

Jun 1st, ’98 | 19

AP, AF, CF
1, 76 m
Left Foot

Irish
South African

Letterkenny Rovers | Finn Harps Youth Team

Finn Harps | Ireland 🇮🇪

N/A

18 Tom Barkhuizen

Jul 4th, ’93 | 24

AP, AF, CF
1, 75 m
Right Foot

English
South African

Blackpool | Hereford United | Fleetwood Town | Morecambe

Preston North End | England 🇬🇧

N/A

19 Marcel Lück

Jan 18th, ’96 | 21

CF
1, 86 m
Either Foot

German
South African

SuperSport United Youth Team | Stuttgarter Kickers II

VfB Oldenburg | Germany 🇩🇪

N/A

 

Written By Mallele Chidi PeTje III (@MCPeTjeIII)