De Sa – It’s Not Going To Just Take A Carlos Queiroz
With the announcement of the new Bafana Bafana coach expected to be made on Saturday, Roger De Sa has sent a warning that no one person is going to solve the national team’s problems, and a more holistic approach will be needed.
De Sa was speaking to iDiski Times exclusively after we reported in edition 16 that Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz was the favourite to take over the Bafana hot seat, almost 20 years after he last coached the South African national team.
Having worked as goalkeeper coach under Queiroz, for both Bafana and Portugal at the 2010 World Cup, De Sa knows first-hand how good a coach Queiroz is, but the Cape United head coach says that we cannot expect one person to solve all our problems.
De Sa says there are much bigger issues at play here, and if South Africa is going to be successful in international football, they need to be addressed.
The former Bidvest Wits, Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates coach, who famously took Pirates to the CAF Champions League final in 2013, remains hopeful though, and says that seeing teams like Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Pirates excelling in CAF competitions this season, could prove to be a catalyst for success.
“I don’t believe that there is one single person that could take us forward on his own,” De Sa told iDiski Times.
“I think it’s going to take a lot of changes, the whole mentality of the organisation and the country as well, as far as that is concerned.”
“You can’t just think that if you employ Pep Guardiola as Bafana coach it’s going to change any of the results, no I think we need a different structure, a different setup and it can’t just be at national level, it’s got to be at club level, it’s got to rub off.”
“And I think maybe if club performances in African competitions continue to improve, and we can compete at that level, surely we’ll be able to compete at national level? And I certainly hope so!”
“It’s not going to take just a Carlos Queiroz or whoever you’re going to appoint, that’s going to change, no ways. You need more than that.”