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Bafana moving on - Pienaar

2012-06-05 17:09

Rustenburg - Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar on Tuesday said the team must move on from the weekend's developments as he rallied his charges for their remaining Group A 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup qualifying matches.

South Africa play Botswana on Saturday in Gaborone, having stuttered at the start campaign when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Ethiopia in Phokeng on Sunday.

It was Bafana's seventh successive game without a victory and the final nail in the coffin for national coach Pitso Mosimane, who was sacked on Monday evening.

"The players are down after losing the coach, but we have to move on," said Pienaar.

"I have been playing for over 10 years and seen coaches and come and go.

"He (Mosimane) spoke to the team last night (Monday) and wished us well, but that is football.

"We also wish him well for the future."

Steve Komphela takes over on an interim basis while Moroka Swallows' Gordon Igesund remains favourite for the full-time position after the home friendly against Gabon next Friday.

Pienaar said the team would support Komphela, and turn over a new leaf after their latest disappointment.

The 2010 World Cup hosts have to finish top of their group to progress to the next stage of qualifying for Brazil in two years' time.

"A new coach is here and we will support him 100 percent," Pienaar said.

"We are disappointed with the game against Ethiopia, but the spirit is still high.

"But we also didn't lose, and we played well in the second half.

"This is where I hope we'll take that to the game against Botswana."

Pienaar said the team would try and regain some confidence against their neighbours, who were also on the back foot having lost their opening game 2-0 to Central African Republic on the weekend.

The Zebras, however, were still a formidable outfit, having qualified for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, which South Africa failed to do.

"They are also coming from a bad result, so there will be a lot of pride at stake," Pienaar said.

"We said before the Ethiopia game that there aren't any small sides in football anymore.

"We don't want to lose to our neighbours, but there is still a lot to play for in the qualifiers for us.

"We want to go to Botswana more relaxed, put them under pressure and get the three points we want."

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Comments
  • Boyce - 2012-06-05 17:30

    I wish Pienaar can know that he himself is not putting any special effort as a Captain. I have been disappointed so many times by Bafana so much so that I can only say \Let's wait and see\. I ll be in Gaborone anyway...that's my 3rd home town.

  • mkwanams - 2012-06-05 17:54

    i hope bafana bafana will win this time because Madela has his money unless he was paid with a check and you know how long it take to be cash out.We didn't win because the money was still in the bank.

  • jamescharlesndlovu - 2012-06-05 18:14

    Go get them guyz the bad lucky is out

  • hapotter - 2012-06-05 18:31

    What has the problem been in the South African football team ? Fighting Team Spirit ? Never say die attitude? Finishing off Chances? Perseverance and Consistency? Pienaar you need to lead from the front, on the pitch and encourage your team and supporters even if you 5-0 down in any match, get the players and the crowd going.(Same goes for the Coach) We got the skill, but need the brains. Lets go back to 1996 winning the African Cup of Nations with Clive Barker and being ranked 16th in the FIFA Rankings (67th at the moment), thats what i'm talking about.....that spirit needs to return to the national squad...Pitso had the boys going for a while but 'missed the penalty kick' you have to be consistent! Lets hope the new coach will have his head screwed on right!

      Abby - 2012-06-05 21:59

      They need Pirates never die fighting spirit...

  • Samuel - 2012-06-07 09:49

    we dont have a Captain in Pienaar he must step down too we dont need him,he only play better in EUROPE

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