De Haan: SA should focus more on development
Former Ajax Cape Town coach Foppe de Haan says South Africa Football Association should consider building development structures for young football players to be groomed at an early stage if the nation wants to improve and compete at the highest level.
Bafana Bafana, the senior football national team, have hosted three international competitions starting with the FIFA World Cup in 2010, then Africa Cup of Nations in 2013, and CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN) in 2014 but have failed to reach at least the semi-finals on three occasions.
“South Africa will not develop to the level they want to be at if football development schools are not introduces soon,” said the Dutchman. “In Holland we groom a player when he is still in his early ages and at around seventeen years you find a teenager playing at the highest level with the big club.”
“When I was in Ajax Cape Town I used to hear people calling a player of the age of 22 a youngster, whereas in Europe this is not the case. The best way for South Africa to improve is to develop players at an early stage,” added the 70-year old mentor.
Foppe de Haan, who guided Ajax Cape Town to second place finish in 2010/2011 and losing the league on the last day by just a goal difference to Orlando Pirates, he is in South Africa at the moment and he is one of the believed candidates to take a over at Orlando Pirates or his former side Ajax Cape Town as both sides are without permanent coaches at helm.