Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has taken full responsibility for South Africa’s failure to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals. Bafana have come a cropper in their quest to secure a spot in the 24-team tournament after they lost 2-0 to Sudan in Omdurman on Sunday.


Ntseki has expressed disappointment and has owned up to the failure to fulfil his mandate.
“As head coach of Bafana Bafana, I came up with a turn-around strategy and I think everything started very well because we managed to accumulate 10 points and needed only a point to qualify,” said Ntseki.


“Yes, as a coach, as head of the selection committee, as head of the team, my disappointment is huge. It is huge for my personal growth and my achievement as coach of Bafana Bafana.
“The success of the team is my success, and the failure of the team firstly starts with me – to say, ‘I have failed as a coach’ because in football we need to own up.

“When there is a success, you become everybody’s favourite but when there is a failure, you become an orphan and everybody looks at you and says, ‘You failed the team; you could not qualify’.

“But things like this do happen in football, and we own up… It’s a big disappointment for myself.”
Ntseki’s position has become untenable and it is highly unlikely he will be spared the dreaded axe.
His Safa bosses are yet to break their silence on the result. But action will most probably be taken.

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