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Address core Bafana problems - Maponyane

Soccer analyst Marks Maponyane said Safa was failing to address the core of Bafana Bafana's problems.

Bafana Bafana logo. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Soccer analyst Marks Maponyane on Tuesday said the South African Football Association (Safa) was failing to address the core of Bafana Bafana's problems.

On Monday evening, coach Pitso Mosimane was officially fired following the team's dismal 1-all draw in their 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia.

Steve Komphela was appointed as caretaker coach in the interim.

Komphela also urged South Africans to support the national squad as they try to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Maponyane said Safa should decide whether short or long term goals are more important.

"The biggest problem of South African football is development, but we cannot be talking now while we want to qualify for Brazil. There's not much time to do that."

Maponyane added letting go of Mosimane may have been the right thing to do.

"Let them get someone, like Steve Komphela, just to revive the interest of the players. Players do tend to get used to the coach."

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Moroka Swallows coach Gordon Igesund has cut his China trip short to return home.

His name has been flaunted as a possible replacement for Mosimane.

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