Pitso, SAFA reach agreement
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Former Bafana Bafana head coach Pitso Mosimane
and the South African Football Association (SAFA) have reached an agreement over his payout following his dismissal back in 2012.
According to the Phalaphala FM radio station, Mosimane’s contract with SAFA was due to end at the end of July this year, but he was shown the door after playing to a 1-all stalemate against Ethiopia in their 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifier at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in May 2012. Katlego Mphela
was on target for Bafana in that match, while Saladin Said scored for the Ethiopians.
Following his dismissal, “Jingles” demanded a settlement fee of R10m. The country’s football governing body offered R5m which led to the Mamelodi Sundowns mentor taking legal actions against SAFA, leading to Monday's court ruling.
The agreed amount between the two parties remains confidential.
Mosimane took over the country’s hot seat following the departure of Carlos Alberto Pereira in July 2010 after failing to lead Bafana to the second round of the World Cup, despite being the hosts.
Mosimane was succeeded by current coach, Gordon Igesund
, whose job is also in jeopardy following Bafana’s failure to qualify for this year's World Cup in Brazil, as well as failing to reach the semi-finals of the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the quarter-finals of the African Nations Championship (CHAN). Bafana played hosts to both those AFCON and CHAN tournaments.
Mosimane is currently enjoying his spell with Premier Soccer League side, Sundowns, who are second in the standings.