Johannesburg - Pitso Mosimane has admitted he is concerned that his Bafana
Bafana stars will lack focus due to ongoing speculation over their
This week Mosimane takes charge of his first competitive game
since Carlos Alberto Parreira's departure when South Africa host Niger
in a must-win African Cup of Nations qualifier.
But some members of his squad are embroiled in disputes with
their clubs while others still have their minds on securing lucrative
moves to bigger clubs.
The 2010 World Cup put many South African players in the shop
window, with European clubs expressing an interest in the likes of
Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bongani Khumalo, Siboniso Gaxa and Katlego Mphela.
'Shabba' seems likely to stay in the country after Kaizer Chiefs
hung a "not for sale" sign around the winger's neck but Khumalo, who
recently had a trial with Tottenham Hotspur, and Gaxa could still
complete overseas transfers before the transfer window closes.
Gent and Lierse are both trailing Gaxa while Mphela has been linked with a possible move to Russia and Britain.
Meanwhile, Siyabonga Sangweni has refused to train since Chiefs
baulked at Golden Arrows' asking price of R5m. And his coach
Zoran Filipovic recently told the media that the defender's physical
condition is poor, casting doubt over his relevance in the Bafana
Like Sangweni, Gaxa has also boycotted training sessions at
Mamelodi Sundowns because he believes the Brazilians are pricing him
out of the market.
And Mosimane has been keeping a hawkish eye on these stories as
all of the key characters are crucial cogs in the Bafana Bafana
"There is no guarantee that the players we select are in the
right frame of mind because they are busy sorting out their futures,"
Mosimane told The Times.
"We have a challenge. You have to take into consideration the
situation of players such as Bongani Khumalo, Siyabonga Sangweni,
Siboniso Gaxa and Katlego Mphela.
"We need them in the right frame of mind for the match. I am
happy that Thanduyise Khuboni is settled after extending his contract
with Golden Arrows," added Mosimane.
'Jingles' has advised some players to forget their Euro dreams
for now and put their efforts into impressing in the Premier Soccer
"After the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations many Bafana players went overseas and expect the same after the World Cup," he said.
"Those players who did not get overseas contracts must just hang in there and focus on doing well for their local clubs."