DURBAN – It is very strange that the South African Football Association (Safa) took so long to make a decision as to who will lead the national Under-23 team in the qualifiers for the Olympic Games.
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced a long time ago that the SA Under-23s would square off against Angola in the first round of the 2020 Olympics qualifiers.
Yesterday when The Mercury phoned acting Safa CEO Russell Paul, he said they do have the coach and they are finalising the paperwork and will then make an official announcement.
The paperwork should have been finalised long ago. The new coach should have been offered more time to profile the opponents and search for the players who will represent the nation in the qualifiers.
I don’t understand why Safa have left it so late when we had more time. Sometimes we like to put ourselves under unnecessary pressure. This should have been sorted out a long time ago. I don’t see the logic in leaving it so late.