Pitso admits attacking flaws

2010-09-06 08:04

Johannesburg - Pitso Mosimane punched his fist in the air after recording his second consecutive win as Bafana Bafana boss, but admitted there were flaws in the side's attacking unit against Niger.

South Africa dominated the encounter against the West African minnows on Saturday night, but only ran out 2-0 winners. The scoreline heavily flattered the visitors, who lack any bite going forward and were a disaster at the back.

Steven Pienaar was allowed the freedom of the park along with Siphiwe Tshabalala, while a plethora of chances were presented to strikers Katlego Mphela and Bernard Parker.

Niger coach Harowna Doulla seemed in awe of Bafana's firepower admitting: "The South African players are very skillful and you could see that we were outplayed in midfield, because they are just too skillful."

But Mosimane revealed his key players didn't come to the party often enough in front of goal - a conclusion which was made by directly after the game.

"It's strange," said the coach, commenting on the easy chances that were not converted by Bafana.

"The second goal by Bernard Parker was a brilliant one. It was a very difficult execution. But we can't finish the easy ones. In the training sessions we worked on finishing, finishing, finishing.

"But we have to be patient - a little bit of maturity and experience is needed."

While victory over Niger was a good start to Bafana's qualifying campaign, it was not a great start. With defending champions Egypt set to tackle the national team in March next after South Africa's date with Sierra Leone, the group may just be decided on "finishing, finishing, finishing". 


  • Raj - 2010-09-06 09:05

    brilliant...what a match and awhat a performance by the team and the are slowly driving the nails in the coffins of your detractors.

  • LETONA - 2010-09-06 10:19

    Congratulations to Pitso and the boys.What more can we ask for?South Africa got skillful players,i fully agree with Niger's coach.A local coach was our only problem,and Pitso have sorted the problem out.How many South African players are in our neighbouring African countries and visa versa?The only African country that can beat Bafana Bafana is South Africa.We got pool of talent and depends on how we use it.Our players must learn a lot from Steven Pienaar,he is the most skillfull player.The more we win our games,the more our chances for 2012 and 2014 tournaments.Viva Bafana Bafana Viva!

  • Koos - 2010-09-06 10:33

    Please use friendlies to test different options or you will be caught out by astutute coaches. A good coach will render Pienaar, Mphehla and the 2 wing backs inactive and Bafana Bafana will be in trouble. Ghana tested a make shift defence 4 players in their friedly with Bafana which failed and recalled their regualar defensive pairings for their Afcon qualifier. You can only know how good the players are if we try them in friendlies or you will be caught out inhigh profile matches. .

  • Mkabayi - 2010-09-06 11:04

    Well done bafana, a well deserved win once again but I wonder why Van heerden is not included in the squad cos he is on of the best players. So far so good Pisto we really appriciate and we will support u all the way.

  • thabang mathanya - 2010-09-06 11:50

    i think that pitso should look 4 other tallents in de country likes matty patterson what did he do not 2 get call 4rm de squard

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  • wiri - 2010-09-06 14:20

    Congrats Pitso...BUT if it were Chiefs they were going to score at least 5 goals because they attack better than what your guys did. I strongly advise you to call Beni, drain his belly and put him upfront. These strikers MUST know scoring goals is more important than passing each other in the 16 area box...right in front of the goalkeeper! If you watched the Chelsea matches where they scored at least five goals then you know wat i mean..they were not displaying individual skills but were hungry for goals..showing no mercy for the small teams. We need that spirit in Bafana...coz we dont want to cry when goal difference matters, especially with Egypt in the equation!

  • Mkabayi - 2010-09-06 16:01

    We dont have to undemine serior leone, considering that they have drawn with the champs of africa on their 1st game.

  • Khaya M - 2010-09-08 11:49

    You see the problem with us South Africans, we're never in content with what we do or what we have. I'm trying to think, where Bafana Bafana are coming from. We use to cry of lack of urgency from the boys; no working combinations on the pitch; no respect for the green & gold jersey; the boys being lazy; the boyz not being fit enough and why dont we get a local person to coach Bafana Bafana. Now that most of these complaints are dealt with, now that we see the sense of urgency from the boys; we see good communication on the pitch; we see the boys wearing the Bafana jersey with pride; we see the boys moving a lot on the pitch and combining like never before with greatest fitness possible and the local coach has been given an opportunity to perform and he has done so and he hasn't lost any game and we also see our boys playing with enthusiasm, we are still complaining about why are they not scoring enough goals. PLEASE PEOPLE LETS GIVE THESE BOYS SOME BREAK NOW!!!!! THSI IS JUST TOO MUCH. THEY ARE WORKING ON THESE MINUTE MISTAKES BUT THAT DOES NOT GIVE US ANY RIGHT TO ATTACK THEM WAY WE DO, THE ONLY THING THEY NEED FROM US NOW IS 100% SUPPORT

  • FLAVA - 2010-09-08 14:33

    Players like Mathew patterson and Mtho Yende are needed in that set Pitso. I suspect you are to much conservative. Careful the Springboks are suffering the disease. They kept the old team for long and it's backfiring.

  • nkadimeng Ronnie - 2010-09-10 14:30

    well done Bafana you really showed experience and pienaar is always the boss.

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