Former Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has issued a strong word of warning to current mentor Molefi Ntseki as the negativity towards his reign gathers steam.
Ntseki appears to have lost the support of many South African football fans judging by online comments after failing to win any of the friendlies against Namibia and Zambia a few weeks ago.
And with two vital AFCON qualifiers against Sao Tome and Principe in the next few days, the pressure on the coach to deliver has never been higher.
Somebody who has been in the same hotseat before with a greater degree of success knows what Ntseki is in for if he doesn’t produce a winning team very soon.
Like Junior Khanye before him, Mashaba admits Ntseki’s squad selection for the two friendlies didn’t make too much sense with such important matches coming up.
“I want to remind people again that national teams are not a development team. You don’t develop there. You bring people who are coming to perform,” Mashaba tell KickOff.com.
“I accept if you are talking about widening the base, but not with amateurs. We mustn’t make an excuse of saying we lost because we played so-and-so. We need to make sure that when we bring players it’s people who have got hunger, people who want to succeed, people who want to win.”