Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela weighs in on Bafana Bafana's Fifa World Cup failure

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According to Komphela, Bafana's failure to secure a spot in next year's Fifa World Cup cannot be blamed on Baxter alone

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela has thrown his weight behind Stuart Baxter, who is under immense pressure following Bafana Bafana's failure to qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.

There have been growing calls for the 64-year-old to be shown the exit door just less than a year since taking over from Shakes Mashaba at Bafana Bafana. 

Baxter lost four of the five qualifying matches he was in charge of, but Komphela has refused to point fingers at the coach. 

Komphela strongly believes that Baxter should be given enough time to instill his philosophies, while he also urged the South African football fans to be patient with the man. 

He also encouraged members of the media to play their part in coming with solutions that could take the national team forward.

"You cant point a finger at one person. My take on Bafana is not about technical or tactical, it's about planning and conviction to the plan," Komphela told the media.

"I don't know whether [or not] we are aware as a society that football is a reflection of how we think as a nation. Are we patient enough as a nation in anything? In anything you sit down you think, you draw a plan, you prepare and after preparation you start participating," he said.

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"In-between there will be setbacks but you review, reflect and consolidate until you reach final destination, but we South Africans are different; we plan for 5 or 10 years, but first year or 6 months in a plan we become impatient. I think it's high time we stop looking at Bafana and address ourselves as a nation, as a society," Komphela continued.

"How much patience do we have in everything? We need to create a system that respects planning and planning comes on the back of serious thinking. We've had too many meetings and so many plans. Queiroz had a plan in 2002 but we are quick to say it's gathering dust at SAFA. Somebody has to go there, pick up that plan and put it into action. Maybe members of the media should be part of the thinking - planning and preparation and let's highlight the importance of being patient with a programme and you'll see success," he added.

"The Spaniards, Germans and recently the English all had their plans. Look at England's junior teams. Don't be shocked if in three years time they show something at international level. South Africans must have a plan and the understanding of a plan, stick to the plan, in between reflect and review but be prepared to go the distance. You'll never reach your objectives in the middle of a plan," concluded Komphela.