Mosimane: The players did well

2011-09-05 14:44

Johannesburg - The South African national team has commanded Group G of the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifying stages since the start of qualifying back in September of 2010, however they conceded the top spot to Niger after losing 2-1 to the West Africans on Sunday afternoon.

Bafana Bafana are now in second place of the group with eight points, one point behind leaders Niger and on equal points with third paced Sierra Leone.

Pitso Mosimane’s team still have an outside chance of qualifying for the AFCON finals, although they will have to beat Sierra Leone here at home in October and hope that Niger's result in Egypt goes their way.

The national team flew back into the country on Monday morning from Niger’s capital, Niamey, and Mosimane told Soccer Laduma that the players did very well under the conditions, shortly after touching down at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport.

"Everyone knows that we went there to collect three points but it was not to be. To be honest with you, the players did very well and I am proud of them. We had more chances that the hosts but sometimes you just can't win. Niger is a very lucky team. 

“We will see what happens in the last game as we can beat Sierra Leone and qualify," Mosimane said.

Soccer Laduma

  • daaivark - 2011-09-05 15:04

    Oh come on. Our team played really badly.

      Smtmz - 2011-09-05 16:55

      How do you know, did you see the game?

      vambozha mutemi - 2011-09-05 18:28

      ha ha ha Niger is a lucky is Botswana, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast who have already qualified! I dont think so Pitso..the only lucky teams are the hosts dude

      farmworker - 2011-09-06 09:15

      100% agree, if we say we did well then it means we think qualifying is a big task for us. I said it before that this Pitso he is arrogant, he think he is Carlos. Is time he faces reality, and he job is on the line now and no one is gonna stand by this guy, he had an opportunity to appoint an SA assistant coach but he instead insisted on that Brazilian Guy. So Pitso you are on your own now, I can't believe that we are not going to AFCON

  • Singata - 2011-09-05 15:07

    Now I am worried if Niger wins against Egypt we will not qualify, it means we are in bad position. Good Lucky and let's things will go our way.

  • DeonL - 2011-09-05 15:26

    He sounds like "snorre". Rather play bad and win.

  • kgalifi - 2011-09-05 15:35

    Played well? then y dd we loose? pshhh.. Pitso we are blaming u bcs u didnt bring any dfrnce in our national team, u using carlos style and yet you dont get results. i still see bafana as 1 of the weakest teams in future bcs we kip on playing old old and expired players saying we need expnce and all that. i thot wen he was apointed as a coach he will change the strategy and work on developing a good team but nah i was rong. he is doing it for his record not national team that is y he takes on form players with so called expnce and leaving on form players with no expnce but talent down. take our under 20/23 and put hem in our national team, we don't care abt loosing @ the moment cos we laready embarsd ourslves during wc. now we need to develop a good team from likes of serero, jali, manyisa, erasmus, classen, maluleke, etc i tell you this boys are our future.

      Smtmz - 2011-09-05 17:07

      I don't know what your definition of old is. The oldest player in the starting line up of yesterday's match was Sangweni and he is 29. The Serero and Jali you are referring to were in the starting line up, Classen came in as a second half substitute. Erasmus hasn't done anything to deserve a starting berth, he's not even guaranteed a starting place at Supersport United. And with Manyisa, who do you suppose he replaces, he is fighting for a place in the centre of the park with Jali and Khuboni. Khuboni is 25 and that is not old and expired in my opinion. So really, what it is it that you are looking for?

      kgalifi - 2011-09-06 07:53

      dude regular team of youngest players, 80% of our national line up must be young blood. take example, ghana brought their youngest team in south africa for world cup and they achieved a lot. ok take the whole under 20 team that played @ afcon 2yrs bak and tell me about the talent from those boys. My opinion is that we give those boys a full chance to play together from this stages at a national team, even if they loose we will be building a good team for future.. i understand your point but we are not going anywer without building a good national team... spain boys played together for many years and here they are world champs...

      Smtmz - 2011-09-06 08:45

      Kgalifi, I will ask you to do me a favour if you will. Identify all of these young boys that you are referring to and look at their performances at club level first. Are they regulars? Are they on form? Then you can compare them to the squad that was selected and identify which of the 'old' players they should replace. If these young players that you refer to are better than the current squad, then I will agree with you, until then I fully disagree with your sentiments. Another thing that you must not forget is that we do not develop players at senior national team level, that's what junior national teams are there for. The best players from the junior teams will automatically be promoted to the senior national team. That is what hapenned with the likes of Jali, Serero and Classen. The BEST get promoted.

      kgalifi - 2011-09-06 15:46

      ok sir: if i may ask, how many yes have we been using same style of introducing players in our national team without getting good results i.e. reach semi finals of afcon, qualify wc, etc? you tell me. how many years have we been producing good youngsters? you tell me. what do we do with our young players? ok our 2009 under 20 team of which now we can say under 23, is/was a very good team and they had a best combination. so now what happened is they took i think 4 or 5 players out of that team and introduce them in our national team and what happened is those players that where left behind surely they felt a bit down and that caused their soccer to be off form because they where left behind. ok nvm that, so now take the players we took to national team and count how many are playing and how many will play in coming 5 years fro that 5? i bet 3 off them will be out. the reason is money becomes a problem @ national teams and taking those players to national team and mix them with expnced players!!!!! hahahaha i hope you know the answer. they will get attitude and destroy their own football. now this i think it means we will never developing a good team from young bloood because we keep on reaping out development piece by piece and wasting it. we the reason they are out off form is because of us and some coaches not having confidence and patience in them.

  • sipholess - 2011-09-05 15:37

    Banana Banana, say no more !!!!

  • McDaNife - 2011-09-05 15:38

    They played badly so dont say Niger were very lucky. Teko is there playing on reputation and so are the others. I say have a completely mixed side and a new manager. There we go.

  • Mark Singh - 2011-09-05 15:52

    Maybe he was expecting Niger to beat Bafana Bafana 6-0. So 2-1 looks good to him

  • Independenth - 2011-09-05 15:54

    At a stage when I see South Africa with a pool of exciting young players who are even capable of winning the AFCON, Pitso is arrogantly refusing to adjust to change due to favouritism. Now our fate lies elsewhere but since we won't qualify for AFCON next year it will be better to fire him on time to prepare for 2013.

  • Sihle KaMazibuko Mkhize - 2011-09-05 16:51

    We only have to beat Sierra Leone to qualify, we'll end up with 11 points and Niger will be number 1 if they win against Egypt with 12 points

  • Sean - 2011-09-05 17:12

    I watched the match and he is telling the truth....the conditions in that country alone should have FIFA take a closer look because i can't imagine any civilized human beings ever going there and winning, Even Spain wouldn't win in those conditions. SA missed alot of chances and played the better football however the physical aspect of Niger and doggy ref decisions proved to be the undoing of Bafana Bafana.I don't even stay in SA and as a S.African i am ashamed at the lack of patriotism most of the football fans especially have. They tend to turn a Bafana Bafana topic into an Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chief and Sundowns arguement which shows how little they understand football. IBeing in Europe has opened my eyes and maybe better support would really improve our nation.

      David - 2011-09-05 17:20

      same thing happens in our rugby, sport.

      1stcase - 2011-09-06 15:16

      Sean, lack of patriotism is not the issue here. we are just tired of hearing the same old excuses. excuses such as we played nice,mist ALLOT of chances.Conditions were bad. This is Africa, FIFA have look at it and theres not much they can do, Furthermore Bafana players even the u/23's should be use to playing in african conditions with dodgy referees. I have a problem with the coaches arrogance and double standards when it comes to selecting players.

  • Leviathan - 2011-09-05 18:04

    i dont understand this team anymore they seem to play worse wen we expect 2 much of them. It looks like SA hasnt changed at all, they still hav a poor away record. Every team has 2 overcome different conditions in Africa, so dont give excuses about the climate.

  • Popza - 2011-09-06 08:23

    Pitso, you seem to be having less ideas about your game plan as time goes by, scary stuff.....

  • Smtmz - 2011-09-06 08:36

    What I don't understand is that this is the first official match that this team has lost since Pitso took over. The only other loss was the 1-0 suffered at the hands of USA last year. This team hadn't conceded a single goal in the qualifiers before the Niger game. All of a sudden it is labelled a bad good-for-nothing team? After a single loss? Does that make sense?

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