There is no doubt that Bafana Bafana and Stuart Baxter are the talk of all South African soccer lovers, second from Kaizer Chiefs and all the drama happening at naturena.
Let us be honest as South Africans, our national team (bafana bafana) is not going anywhere. This is because of simple reasons we choose to overlook, and one of those reasons been lack of trust in our youth development. it is a huge lie that South Africa has no adequate development structures, yes they may not be as good as those of european countries but truth be told...there has been a rapid growth in youth development of late particularly in the PSL teams. The problem however, will always be team selection. A lot of coaches choose to go with experience over development, and thus choosing not to trust the young and upcoming players over the tried, tired and tested.
This is also seen at the national team, where popularity is a criterion for selection. South Africa can compete at the highest level with the best in world, we are however our own huddle in achieving that. We have exported some of the best players africa has to offer in the likes of Kamohelo Mokotjo, Phakamani Muhlambi, Lebong Phiri and Thulani Serero just to name a few. How Mokotjo is still a bench warmer at the national team, it beats me. And pray tell, how has Muhlambi not made it into the national team? Do we really have to point out the excellence and confidence of Kodisang at Bidvest Wits or even threaten Baxter with his job before he can call him for Bafana? The best player in the PSL at the moment is only 20 but plays second fiddle Grobler at the national team who he (Grobler) is not a first choice striker at club level.
If Stuart Baxter or any other coach is to take us anywhere as a soccer nation, I dare him to make a difference in selection, and if it will be of any help...here is a few suggestions particularly in building up to 2022. Let us build a team around these young players: Mokotjo, Modiba, Dolly, Kodisang, Muhlambi, Zwane, Tau, Meyiwa and Jody February just to name a few. Gone should be the days of calling 25 year olds youngsters, these are the players that will still be there and probably in their prime come 2022 with the oldest at 29 (Mokotjo) at that time.