Former Bafana Bafana defender Edward Motale hails Shaun Bartlett's appointment

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The 1995 Caf Champions League winning skipper has lashed out at Safa for taking too long in appointing an experienced coach to help the strikers

Former Bafana Bafana  defender Edward Motale has wished Bafana Bafana well ahead of their 2019 Caf African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Seychelles .

'Magents' has hailed Shaun Bartlett's appointment to the technical team, but remains critical of how the national team is structured regarding certain employments in coach Stuart Baxter's technical team.

“Yes, going back to the FNB Stadium will definitely boost the national team, and I hope they bring back the glory days,” Motale told Goal.

“The crowd will be there and the fact Bafana are winning at the FNB Stadium is a huge boost. They must now forget about the draw against Libya, focus on beating Seychelles,” he urged.

On his advice to the current generation, the former Orlando Pirates skipper said he remains shocked when it comes to some appointments in the national team.

He said the team doesn't need too many coaching changes, especially in the goalkeeping department, but he stressed that the strikers must be helped as he hailed the former Cape Town Spurs striker's appointment.

“I think my advice to them is to score goals - that is the only solution or weakness that I have noted in the team. They are fine when it comes to creating chances upfront, but we needed someone like Bartlett to help them,” he noted.

“I am surprised as to how Safa apppoints former players or coaches. Look, we saw Quinton Fortune. We see the goalkeeper coaches being changed everyday,” he reflected.

“I think the likes of Bartlett, Philemon Masinga and Jerry Sikhosana are some of the legends that should be appointed to help the strikers,” said the retired defender.

“We can't have Bartlett appointed yesterday (Monday) and expect him to do miracles in helping the strikers. The match is on Saturday and you also question how the appointment was made. Where did they advertise? People are being hand-picked in the national team and that is killing the team and our football,” lamented 'Magents'.

“In saying that, I believe the boys will have an improved preparation to score goals because we cannot afford to draw and lose this one especially after failing against Libya,” expressed Motale.

Speaking about rating Bafana's chances in the away match on Tuesday next week, Motale said Safa must consider changing their planning and look at putting emphasis on development.

“I am happy there is Shaun in the team, but we still need to get our structures right and focus more on development because we have the talent, one of the best leagues and money as well as resources are there to help us succeed,” said the African Champions League champion.

“However, my concern is the quality of coaching, player selection, and I am left shocked when it comes to who is taking the decisions when it comes to the selection of the technical team,” he reacted.

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“I am happy to see Shaun and I have faith that the boys will win at the FNB Stadium. We need to play there all the time. That is our identity as a nation, but it is too late to appoint Shaun to help us get goals,” continued Motale.

“We all rememeber the Danone team that made us proud in France a few years ago; where is it? We have forgotten about those boys and we also need to protect our players not to rush them into the first team,” he responded to Goal.

“For an example (Keletso) Makgalwa; he did well for Sundowns in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge, but he was signed by the first team and surprisingly loaned out to Maritzburg United. These are the players we need to mould, guide and protect because they are our future,” he concluded.