Molefi Ntseki: SAFA's Vision 2022 is on track


Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki is positive his current squad with a mix of three generations can achieve SAFA's 'Vision 2022' objectives.

SAFA implemented 'Vision 2022' back in 2014 as a plan to reclaim the national team's glory days in big international competitions.

The focus was to ensure that from development upwards the country produces top talent and qualify for all the major tournaments in Africa all the way to the World Cup.

Unfortunately the men's senior national team has been struggling in big matches and have not qualified for a World Cup since hosting the event in 2010.

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Head coach Molefi Ntseki was moved up from the junior national team to try to revive Bafana Bafana, and said ahead of the AFCON qualifiers against Sao Tome and Principe that he is aware of what needs to be done to bring back the joy.

"It is a responsibility that we are fully aware of that South Africans are very impatient when it comes to Bafana Bafana, because it is the pride of the nation, it is what unites the nation," Ntseki said.

"When we win games‚ the whole nation will celebrate. When we lose games‚ the whole nation will be up in arms to say they are not happy with Bafana‚ they are not happy with the coach‚ they are not happy with so-and-so."

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With two years left before 2022, Ntseki believes the current generation of South African players led by Thulani Hlatshwayo can achieve something the nation, starting on Friday at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

"In our last meeting when we were addressing the plan going forward with Bafana Bafana‚ the turnaround strategy‚ I was talking with the president [Danny Jordaan] to say‚ 'Look‚ all that is important is for us to achieve more now that we are in the last two years of Vision 2022.'

"The vision started with the under-17 team that went to the World Cup in 2014 in Chile. Ever since then we have seen our team qualifying for the under-17 World Cup‚ the under-20 World Cup and the Banyana Banyana Olympic teams.

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"So now we need to do well for Bafana Bafana because I think that everything has been working very well for us. We have three generations of players in the Bafana team.

"We have the team of [captain] Thulani Hlatshwayo that played in the AFCON 2015‚ we have the team of [Motjeka] Madisha that played in the Olympics in 2016‚ and we have the team of Tebogo Mokoena that is going to the Olympic Games in Tokyo [next year].

"So this is the generation that will very important to take us to the next level."

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