'Bafana must come to the party'

2010-08-09 13:38

Johannesburg - New Bafana Bafana head coach Pitso Mosimane, has asked his players to come to the party when they face Ghana in a friendly international at Soccer City on Wednesday night.

Kick-off is at 20:35.

It will be Mosimane’s first match in charge since taking over the reigns from Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira who ended his contract with the national squad after the World Cup finals last month.

Said Mosimane: “I am looking for continuity.

"We all know how good Ghana are. They were the best African side at the World Cup, but I believe we can beat them.

I am not making any promises but I have confidence in my players who I know will come to the party in my first game in charge of Bafana.”

Ghana, with the bulk of their World Cup stars, jetted into OR Tambo Airport on Monday to prepare for what promises to be a mouth-watering baptism for Mosimane.

Of the 22 players Mosimane selected, only Russian-based Macbeth Sibaya and right back Anele Ngconca who scored for his Belgium club in the 4-0 rout of Gent on Sunday, are not in camp.

Both will arrive on Tuesday.

"Anele and Macbeth played on Sunday so they will arrive on Tuesday.

"I have been impressed by the commitment shown by all the players and their willingness to get to Joburg for this match. It is very encouraging,” said Mosimane.

Mosimane is using this friendly to prepare for the opening 2010 African Nations Cup (AFCON) qualifier at home to Niger next month.

“On paper Ghana are better than Niger, so Ghana will provide us with the ideal test. It is important to win, but at the same time I will be making lots of changes and looking at as many players as possible.

"Performance will be important bit so is a good result. I realise we are in pre-season but this game will be good for the players and show me where we are going.”

Mosimane faces a headache of who he will field at the heart of his defence, having selected four players for the central defensive positions in captain Aaron Mokoena, Morgan Gould, Siyabonga Sangweni and Bevan Fransman.

“I want to look at all four if possible. I will give Mokoena and Sangweni 45 minutes. I need to have a longer look at Gould who missed the World Cup due to injury and is now full fit and needs to get a chance to reclaim his place."

Gould’s injury opened the door for his SuperSport United captain Bongani Khumalo at the World Cup. Khumalo replaced Gould in the World Cup squad and played every minute of Bafana’s three matches and shone.

Ironically, Khumalo is now injured and misses the Ghana showdown, which will allow Gould to stake his claim for a starting place against Niger.

There is only one doubtful starter in 20-year-old midfielder Andile Jali. The promising Orlando Pirates star replaced injured English based Kagisho Dikgacoi at the weekend, but Jali suffered an ankle injury during Bucs 1-0 Telkom Charity Cup win over AmaZulu at Soccer City on Saturday.

Said Bafana team doctor Ephraim Nematswerani: “We are waiting from the results of a scan on his ankle.”

If he is ruled out, it is unlikely that Mosimane will call up a replacement.

Meanwhile Mosimane said the door had not been closed on any players, including English based striker Benni McCarthy who was excluded from thre World Cup squad due to being overweight and out of condition.

“If I need a player such as McCarthy and I believe he can do a job for me, then why not select him? But having said that, I have to think ahead to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"I will use older players (such as 32-year-old McCarthy) only if I believe they can help us qualify for the 2012 Nations Cup. But I am not closing any doors on any player.”


  • Brett - 2010-08-09 15:04

    Will it be possible for the pitch at Soccer City to be changed from soccer lines on Wednesday, to rugby lines on the 21st August when the Springboks face the All Blacks? I really hope so because it will look terribly tacky in our national stadium to see those feint old lines on the pitch like whenever they've changes it too recently..

  • Albert Einstein - 2010-08-09 16:16

    He is looking for continuity! What next? Is he a coach or a manager.

  • Mpho - 2010-08-09 16:22

    @Brett that's more than a week. Don't sweat, it will be done in time for the Boks to beat the all blacks.

  • Party time player - 2010-08-09 17:29

    Dear Mr coach, you need not fear Bafana Bafana will come to the party, before and after for sure. Whether they will do anything during the game is the question? Thank goodness South Africa now has a local coach of the right colour. So, that is one issue less to deal with when the team starts to loose.

  • viva bafanbafana - 2010-08-09 19:38

    It will be great to see strenght to strenght,SA VS GHANA it going to be a rocker (as you can see how we made the French cry and hoe Mexico allmost choke on their fritos. VIVA BAFANABAFANA

  • Koos - 2010-08-09 21:32

    Friendlies should be used for the purpose that both coaches desire. France chooses entirely new squad, Brazil only 4 from the World Cup squad. Ghana to try out new right back and left back Inkoom and Afful. Reserve goalkeeper will be in post . Building for the future.

  • 06 - 2010-08-10 07:17

    This squad were selected last during week... how do they only get to OR Tambo on Sunday? There are enough players for the club games like the Telkom Charity Cup and national squad should come first always!!! The same goes for players overseas. When national team calls you drop everything and arrive as soon as possible.

  • Lentswe - 2010-08-10 08:14

    Oh, Mosimane. Already showing lack of confidence? "I am not making any promises..." What do you expect such statements will do to the players? So, when you lose it will be OK because you did not make any promises? The squad that you inherited from Parreira is supposed to be at the top of its game as was promised. What are you still experimenting on since yourself and Parreira have been building this squad for the past 4 years, at great cost to SA nogal?. No Mosimane, you MUST promise us a win come tomorrow. Nothing else but a win!

  • Fred - 2010-08-10 09:00

    On TV last night he was already giving reasons for the failure against Ghana, not sufficent time to prepare for the game. He is not a coaches a$$ but an AA apointment. Position should have gone to someone with a proven track record Hunt or Ingelson.

  • gav - 2010-08-10 09:39

    Give them a million Rand a goal and then they will come to the party hahaha

  • LETONA - 2010-08-10 10:55

    Come on Pitso,jingle them.I wish Pitso and the boys everything of the best on foundating the strongest TEAM that will compete on 2012 and 2014.2morrows game needs your POSITIVENESS,the win will follow.Viva Bafana Bafana Viva!

  • mathibei - 2010-08-10 12:37

    i wish the boys all the them bafana show them. mathibedi

  • Bucs Faithful - 2010-08-10 14:09

    @Fred you don't know Mr Pitso Mosimane, let alone anything about him. Just shut up miserable moron

  • Fred - 2010-08-11 08:10

    @ Bucs (Losers) Faithful, we live in a democracy and I'm entitled to my opinions you Dumb A$$, if you don't like go and play marbels they equal the size of your brain. Four years with Bafana bafana and look at the results, did not make it to confed cup, knocked out in first round of WC, a really great CV as i said he is an A$$ and you are just like him.

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