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Bafana coach faces the axe

2012-02-03 09:03

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane has been given an ultimatum by SAFA to at least reach the final of the African Nations Cup next year or face the axe, reports the Business Day.

SA will host the three-week continental showpiece in January next year and acting SAFA president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana surprisingly revealed on Thursday that Mosimane had been told by his employers that his job was entirely dependent on meeting this stiff condition.

"I am afraid to use the phrase but heads will have to roll (if Bafana do not reach the final)," Nonkonyana said in his trademark forthright manner on Thursday.

"Obviously if we are booted out in the first round, well, it would be a serious indictment.

"That is why we have given the coach all the support he needs because we will not be amused if we are beaten and we do not (at least) make it to the final.

"When you are host in the country, then you must at least go to the final so that we can be No1 on the continent again."

Mosimane faces a tough challenge as Bafana have not gone anywhere near the final of the African Nations Cup since their 2-0 defeat to Egypt in Ouagadougou in the tournament decider of the 1998 event.

That appearance in the final 14 years ago was followed by a sharp decline that reached new lows when Bafana failed to qualify for the 2010 and 2012 Nations Cup events.

Mosimane managed to avoid the axe after Bafana’s 0-0 draw with Sierra Leone at Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium in October cost the national team a place in the 2012 event now under way in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

SAFA now seems to have tired of defending him, as Nonkonyana conceded on Thursday that they have given the coach all the support he needs and he cannot come up with any excuses if he fails to meet the new objectives.


Sport24

Comments
  • Lunga - 2012-02-03 09:15

    About time they started acting.

      Dhirshan - 2012-02-03 11:03

      yip, bottom line is this ou earns R800 000 a month & still makes excuses, about psl etc. most people don't earn that in a life-time and just get on with it. arrogant guy indeed - should resign! we only compete in big cups if we the hosts and i got news 4 u . . . we not hosting anything anytime soon after 2013 . . .

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-03 12:21

      How about the clubs actually release their players so we can field a decent frigging team as well. We always field a second or third string team because club before country it seems..

      Dhirshan - 2012-02-03 13:53

      lol didn't he call himself the best coach in africa ? he probably duznt even know about this stipulation coz he dont bother with that type of thing, like rules etc. remember the rule book issue ?

      Lunga - 2012-02-03 16:50

      Clubs only refuse to release their players because Safa organises fixtures that are out of the Fifa calendar.

      Thabiso - 2012-02-07 10:02

      depends on what acting is Lunga, I have heard the words "heads will roll" more times than see BB win a game in the last 6 months. The coach and the players are treated with kid gloves, forever building and yet heads are rolling...

  • Thopa - 2012-02-03 09:18

    Pitso, Ria Stars needs a coach, are you game boss?

  • Alon - 2012-02-03 09:25

    For years I supported Bafana Bafana tirelessly, but now I'm done with it. I haven't seen the team play impressive football, or look like winning since the World Cup, and that was the only time we did it. We simply aren't good enough, and the problems come from the top. The whole issue where the management thought we had to play for a draw just summed it up, it was truly and utterly pathetic.

  • bafana.skosana - 2012-02-03 09:26

    There you go again SAFA, one minute you are building, one minute you are destrying mxm, I give up on you.

      bafana.skosana - 2012-02-03 09:26

      www.gentlepassage.co.za

  • Arthur - 2012-02-03 09:26

    SAFFA should lead by example, should they also mess up they should also be fired.

      Tokollo - 2012-02-03 11:00

      SAFA is hiding behind the coach. Pitso did not bring satisfaction but SAFA has brought us pain and attar disgrace. The appointment of Santana was just a nail to the sinking coffin and non-qualification for the AFCON was pure humiliation to the SA sporting discipline. We can fire Pitso tomorrow but things will never change until the SAFA head gets restructured

      Arthur - 2012-02-03 11:12

      for those who give my comment a thumps down , please state why Im wrong. Maybe im missing something.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-03 12:22

      @Arthur, you actually care about thumbs up or down??

      Arthur - 2012-02-03 15:32

      @Pointblank, not to worried about thumb downs, what I want to understand is that non of the comments back SAFA. Therefore it would be nice to get they point of views

  • Christo - 2012-02-03 09:28

    What about Peter de Villiers as Assistant Coach to assist Mosimane. Snorre was saying this week wherever he went during his tenure as coach everyone called him coach - including the soccer fraternity.

      Arthur - 2012-02-03 11:14

      Christo, please stick to the rugby pages where guys like you ridiculed Peter Diviliers.

      Deon - 2012-02-03 11:58

      ...well arthur WHY not ridicule pdv?

      Thabo - 2012-02-03 14:49

      I agree with Arthur. Keep rugby out of this debate and allow rugby to be run by Afrikaners. It is their sport and the sooner politics is taken out of it the better. We need to be proud of our teams and if it happens to be 15 Afrikaners bringing the World Cup back, then so be it. De Villiers tried his best and I salute him for enduring 4 years of ridicule, but even he knows it will always be an Afrikaner game. Soccer is our game and I don't see Afrikaners telling us who our coaches must be. I also don't see Afrikaners trying to play soccer so why don't we all do what we do best and that is support our teams irrespective of who is in them.

      Arthur - 2012-02-03 15:34

      @ Deon, feel free to kick a dieing horse if it makes you feel good about yourself. But please do that when the article relates to him.

  • lucky.mabele - 2012-02-03 09:44

    he was supposed to be fired longtime ago manne what a waist of time and money fire the finish and klaar i think maybe juju must coatch the clun nation teal or mbalula

  • stella.sebalo - 2012-02-03 09:46

    SAFA must also get it's house in order before casting stones!!! including their communication with the PSL!

  • stella.sebalo - 2012-02-03 09:47

    SAFA must start by getting their house in order before casting stones! and while doing that, straighten matters with PSL!

  • Nathi - 2012-02-03 10:10

    It's so easy to blame the coach. SAFA first needs to clean up the PSL. How can we expext our national team to win, when the clubs where the players are drawn from refuse to release players or release them at the last minute. C'mon!

  • Mamaile - 2012-02-03 10:15

    It is still to far to fire the bloody agent Pitso Mosimane as bafana head coach. i dont think msanzis are prepared to walk that tall till the finals of the 2013 AFCON.....u waisting time , U moegie SAFA

  • bm.motha - 2012-02-03 10:26

    You are late SAFA......

  • shaheen.johnson - 2012-02-03 10:29

    Bafana has regressed in the true sense of the word. Winners in 96, Runners up in 98, Semi Finalist in 2000, Quarter Finalist in 2002, First Round exits in 2004 and 2006, and failed to qualify to present date....

  • Tokollo - 2012-02-03 10:39

    wow. it's about time SAFA starts adding pressure and taking charge. This is what we want to hear know implementing phase needs to kick in....

  • zmputa - 2012-02-03 10:46

    Is this a new condition of Pitsos Perfomance Contract or was it stated earlier...

  • Tokollo - 2012-02-03 10:49

    Now that SAFA is putting pressure on the coach to deliver they too need to lead by example. Should Bafana not qualify for 2013 the entire SAFA admin need to be restructured? It is SAFA that appointed Pitso for success and this means that should he fail than the individuals that appointed him were clueless and need to be fired. After all the entire SAFA admin is clueless, look at the long list of coaches hired and fired. Their coaching recruitment is flawed and filled with personal preferences that lack the ability, culture and SA football interests.

  • dumi57 - 2012-02-03 10:52

    final? he shud win the tournament n stop complaining and blaming evryone bt himself! no wonder safa always get foreign coaches, pitso wanted this job for years and felt entitled to it. but he hasn't done much better than Santana

      Zamakhathini Melusi - 2012-02-03 12:18

      Agreed we want a win and nothing else!

  • bplupiya - 2012-02-03 10:54

    with his soldier mentality i think he must go and join the army..."""YES SIR!!""'lmao

  • Ian - 2012-02-03 11:14

    Does SAFA think we are all morons - what a useless article. You can't give him this ultimatum - the ultimatum must be that we unequivocably qualify for all tournaments, we must win a certain percentage of all games played each year. He should be drawing unemployment after our exit this year. Get a seasoned and qualified coach and for SA's sake, change the damn silly name of the national team. Keep calling them boys and they will continue to perform like boys. Embarrassing soccer team.

      ActivateD - 2012-02-03 14:35

      I fully agree, part blame on SAFA for being an incompetent administration that cannot expand soccer to reach white schools and rural areas. South African soccer players who are not hungry enough and value money and status higher their performance. Lastly Bafana Bafana must change its embarrassing now let's just be South Africa until a better name can be used.

  • Fanie - 2012-02-03 11:19

    Is Bafana in the Africa cup next year, because we are hosting it,or will they try and get in by merit, which is unlikely. When will SAFA learn that if there is no will to win, they can stand on their heads and whistle bring my gun through their backsides, it will not help.

  • Thabo Selemela - 2012-02-03 11:36

    The only coach who can complain about availability of players from PSL is the under 23 coach shakes mashaba. Pitso failed after being given all the resources and support any coach can ask for and everyone knows it and SAFA have not been accountable hence they cannot axe pitso. Being in the national team is not an internship whereby one is there to learn the trade.

  • Thabo Selemela - 2012-02-03 11:37

    The only coach who can complain about availability of players from PSL is the under 23 coach shakes mashaba. Pitso failed after being given all the resources and support any coach can ask for and everyone knows it and SAFA have not been accountable hence they cannot axe pitso. Being in the national team is not an internship whereby one is there to learn the trade.

      George Mabunda - 2012-02-03 11:49

      u hv said T n its been long overdue,de guy is relax n arrogant

  • Phello - 2012-02-03 11:57

    stupid SAFA that alway talk of development yet they continue to deprive rural areas,when this urban 'talent' they lack passion and determination only wealth is what they thnk of! Pitso will still b giving the very same diplomatic reason like he always does!

  • sh.fish1 - 2012-02-03 12:23

    NO SACRED COWS

  • Mark - 2012-02-03 12:25

    This is the only way bafana bafana can ever qualify for any competitions is by hosting it. Thus meaning buying there way into a competition. I suppose apartheid will be the reason why they dont make it past the group stages next January .

  • Malavi - 2012-02-03 13:32

    too late! too late! that thing should have gone long time ago!

  • william.j.mcintyre - 2012-02-03 14:06

    I believe that time has now proven who was really behind the improvement to Bafana Bafana's performances around the time of the World Cup. It was thanks to Carlos Alberto Parreira. It was his influence that caused us to improve our world ranking and give the country something worth supporting. Although we didn't qualify for the knockout stages, at least we were there with a shout. I'm sorry to say that, having handed the team over to Pitso, we are almost back to the standard of play before Carlos took over. However, I do agree with PointBlank that Pitso has been having difficulty in raising a full strength team recently.

  • william.j.mcintyre - 2012-02-03 14:08

    I believe that time has now proven who was really behind the improvement to Bafana Bafana's performances around the time of the World Cup. It was thanks to Carlos Alberto Parreira. It was his influence that caused us to improve our world ranking and give the country something worth supporting. Although we didn't qualify for the knockout stages, at least we were there with a shout. I'm sorry to say that, having handed the team over to Pitso, we are almost back to the standard of play before Carlos took over. However, I do agree with PointBlank that Pitso has been having difficulty in raising a full strength team recently.

  • Ronn - 2012-02-03 14:32

    No point of keeping you pitso. you literaly failed the nation by not qualifiying for African Cup of Nation. In fact you just destroyed the legacy of south africa food bool. Just do yourself a favour by just resigning otherwise you are going to be fired anytime soon.

  • Felix - 2012-02-03 17:51

    Dont blame da coach the problem of south african soccer is facing is to have good players and patriotics people who knows whats da meaning of playing for da nation team as can country like sudan they play with all pride.need to improve accept competition before crashing in da group stage in 2013

  • Daniel - 2012-02-04 00:10

    he failed us he promise 2012 afcon and improvement on fifa rankings. pitso fail on both promises and people will lose the interest on bafana like before. on bafana failure only one person to be blame the coach, why should you waste money on preparation match for what ? if you talk about world cup here at home you are a good man, when was the last time bafana play in afcon we are on top 10 for what, maybe for for getting our ass kicked by overseas teams.

  • Maano - 2012-02-05 14:25

    Tough one indeed. y must he only reach the final? He must be told to win it. R we playing for the sake of reaching the final or winning it?

  • Warwick - 2012-02-21 16:57

    I noticed that 63% of people who took part in the online poll believe that Pitso is the right man for the job.Did anyone notice his input as assistant to Perreira & Santana? They had us playing ultra-conservative football (in our own half), enjoying 60% possession (in our own half).Moegoes! Gavin or Gordon should have been offered the job first. There's nothing wrong with being a career assistant coach- We're tired of your excuses!

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