Former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe believes that national coach Shakes Mashaba should seek the advice of former players when selecting his squads.

Coach Shakes Mashaba
Coach Shakes Mashaba

Mashaba is under major pressure at the moment following a shock 3-1 loss to Mauritania in an AFCON 2017 qualifier at the beginning of the month, and that result has put Bafana’s participation at that tournament in serious doubt.

Radebe, speaking at the the launch of the Copa Coca Cola Schools Programme in Durban, opened up on the current state of the national side.

“Mauritania has put a big dent in our performance and what we have in terms of players … it poses a lot of questions. Is it because Shakes’ tactics were wrong? He’s under a lot of pressure at the moment to get a result where it matters most,” said Radebe.

“We know that Shakes is taking this team to build up to 2018 and 2022 but to be honest at the moment we need to see progress. We need to show some results, we need to see some consistency which is the most important thing.

“We’ve got the players, but will Shakes’ plans sustain us long term? We don’t know. But at this time, yes, it’s is a lot of disappointment. There is not a lot of progress and, to be honest, the players are there that will take us to another level.”

Radebe encouraged Mashaba to make use of the expertise he had at his disposal in the form of former players.

“I think Shakes needs help in terms of selection. I think we need people who have got the expertise, who have been there … who have played,” said Radebe.

“This is the national team and you need the best of the best when it comes to selecting players. You need players that will sustain their performance and that will do us proud on the field of play when it comes to big tournaments.”




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