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Doctor Khumalo: Why Bafana Need a Local not, Foreign Coach

South African football legend Doctor Khumalo has explained why Bafana Bafana would be better off with a local coach rather than a foreigner....

South African football legend Doctor Khumalo has explained why Bafana Bafana would be better off with a local coach rather than a foreigner.

Khumalo was not impressed by Broos' utterances that SA lacks talent and the standards of the PSL is poor. As a result, the Kaizer Chiefs former star stated that if the shoes are too big, the Belgian coach should just resign.

"Enough is enough now! It is about time that Hugo Broos understood that if the shoes are too big for him, he must just walk," said Khumalo in his latest Soccer Laduma column.

"For this country to be where it is, it was because of the local coaches – I will tell you that much. Qualifying for the World Cup was thanks to local coaches; reaching the Afcon finals and semi-finals was because of local coaches.

"The first coach to qualify this country for the Olympics was a local coach, the U23, U17, and all the junior national teams did well under local coaches and then you come and disrespect us like that?

You disrespect the hard work that was done by these coaches and me, being someone who was in the team that won the 1996 Afcon, I’ve never played in Europe, but I was at the World Cup and that’s all because of local coaches. What made us do so well if we don’t have quality?
Doctor Khumalo: Why Bafana Need a Local not, Foreign Coach 

Khumalo added: "Why did the local coaches manage to get the best out of their players? About 80% of the squad that played in the ’96 Afcon team were based in the country and they went on to win it. It is a disrespectful individual who behaves this way.

"You lose a game and then you start talking negatively about everyone instead of just looking at yourself. There is a lot of talent in this country and if a local coach was to be given a chance, he’d polish our diamonds and make them better.

The former Columbus Crew midfielder looked back into history as he argued why local coaches are the best bet for Bafana Bafana.

"What did the previous coaches do that the current coach can’t do? We can’t afford to sit back and allow these kinds of comments to go unchallenged. I fully understand the frustration of the coaches and players who have already echoed their feelings about the coach’s comments.

"He said all of that because of his own failure and being stubborn. He just doesn’t seem to understand what it took for us to be where we were and he also doesn’t seem to know what to do in order to take us where we want to be. It is unacceptable and it is garbage what the coach said. How are you going."

Theophilus "Doctor" Doctorson Khumalo was born on 26 June 1967, also known as Doctor Khumalo, is a South African former soccer player. He is best known for being a star midfielder for Kaizer Chiefs as well as the South African national team.

Having started playing soccer in 1984 with Swallows Reserves, Khumalo then went to Kaizer Chiefs, where he initially played for the junior team. 

His father, Eliakim Khumalo, a renowned player of the 1970s and early 1980s, served as his mentor. Khumalo was promoted to the senior team by coach Ted Dumitru the following year, when he started a game against arch rivals Orlando Pirates.

Khumalo went on to become a star player for Kaizer Chiefs and did not play for any other South African soccer club, only leaving them for short overseas playing periods – he signed with FIFA agent Marcelo Houseman who first took him to Argentinian club Ferro Carril Oeste for six months in 1995, while in 1996 and 1997 he played for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer.

The high-point of Khumalo's soccer career was the 1990s; he was part of the Kaizer Chiefs teams that won three South African league championship titles and five knockout trophies and was also voted South African Footballer of the Year in 1992. 

During his career at the club, he played in a total of 397 league and cup games, scoring 90 goals. – Online Sources 

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