Former Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki and who was linked to Bafana assistant coach. He took it to SAFM to tell his side of the story about his axing as a Bafana mentor in an interview with Thabiso Mosia.
“I’ve received a lot of support also from the players. They said Coach we have failed you and we are sorry. I said to them, as a leader, I must also take responsibility and I did. I put my hand up to say I had failed” Our issues started after I was appointed because Covid hit us and for 11 months, we couldn’t really work with our group of players. Even for the games against Zambia and Namibia we couldn’t assemble our proper team. We started off on a back note” he said.
“When we played Ghana they had 9 of their overseas players and then had the other 5 for their last match against Sao Tome. But for us, because as a country we were hard hit by Covid we couldn’t have our players even in Sudan” “I’m not Bafana coach anymore but to those asking if I was the right man for the job if I didn’t take it when would I have been ready. It was an opportunity and I took it. I have no regrets. I’m still very proud of the decision I made. I’ve gone through all the structures at SAFA”
He further explained about his experience as a coach “People who were asking who is Molefi Ntseki didn’t bother to do background on me. I have played at the highest level. I’ve coached at the levels of SAFA. I really deserved the job and I’m proud. In life, there are always doubters, it’s fine. Part of my mandate was to qualify for Afcon and WC. In my turnaround strategy, I had divided the age groups into 3. Some of the players were still going to help us going forward. We were gradually going to introduce them”
“We must be honest, we were not going to qualify overnight. We can’t expect Bafana to win now. It’s gonna take many years. As emotional as we are when Bafana is playing, we don’t give our players enough time to grow. We’ve seen this with Spain and Germany”
“Safa said they invested so much in me and that’s why they wanted me to stay as assistant Coach. We considered staying, but we could not agree on terms with SAFA. I appreciate Hugo Broos because it was the first time in 50 days that someone had said something positive about me” I said to myself this man comes all the way from Belgium and is saying good things about me. I was honoured because here’s a man who liked the way the team was playing, it’s a pity we couldn’t work together” he concluded.
Source: Thabiso Mosia