Tinkler: Bafana needs to blood youngsters

Former Bafana player Eric Tinkler told Goal.com that South Africa coach Gordon Igesund should not only think about the 2014 Fifa World Cup, but the 2018 World Cup too

Former Bafana star Eric Tinkler believes South Africa can progress further in the World Cup if the coaches believed in youth.

“If you remember the 2010 Fifa World Cup that was played here in South Africa, you will recall that Ghana did well. If you look at the age stats of those boys you will realize that they were one of the youngest teams in the competition.

“That is what we need to do as well as a country if we want to do well. We must believe in the youth and stop setting short term goals because they don't assist us,” said Tinkler.

Tinkler said Bafana Bafana’s game against CAR is a must win match if they really want to qualify for the World Cup. The former midfielder, would then appreciate that it's a tough balancing act to choose between the inexperienced youth, and Bafana's immediate goal to get back into qualification contention.

“This is our opportunity to go to the World Cup, but all that will be determined by tomorrow's match. If we fail to beat them at home, there is no way that we will be able to come back with a win playing away from home,” he said.

The coach said he believes in Igesund's squad but Thabo Matlaba is one player that he must really keep a close eye on.

“Despite the fact that he wasn’t really the first choice going into this match, I believe that he has a lot of potential. He is one player that Gordon should never think of dropping even in the future,” he said.

Bafana will take on CAR under the new leadership of Itumeleng Khune after Bongani Khumalo was dropped.

“I don’t really blame Igesund for dropping Khumalo, because he is out of form and hardly plays. I give credit to him for bringing back Siyanda Xulu who is featuring in every game in a tough league in Russia,” said Tinkler.