Bafana Bafana

Pitso eyes PSL agreement

2011-01-28 07:43
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Pitso Mosimane is hoping the Premier Soccer League will allow him two extra days to prepare Bafana Bafana for their test against Egypt.

South Africa will tackle the mighty Pharaohs in an African Nations Cup qualifier on March 26 - with the defending champions determined to rescue their ailing campaign.

Mosimane has warned his men and the nation not to write off Egypt, who astonishingly lie bottom of Group G after drawing with Sierra Leone in Cairo and losing away to Niger.

The PSL's first executive committee will be held on Thursday and the coach's proposal will be discussed in detail.

"I have asked the league to give us two extra days so that we should be in camp for more than a week, and it's promising," explained Mosimane in The Star.

"What I have suggested is for the matches scheduled for the weekend (of March 18-20) to be moved to the Wednesday (March 16) so that we can report for camp from the following day (March 17).

Mosimane feels the extra preparation is necessary as Bafana last played a game in November, while the Pharaohs have been lining up friendly after friendly.

"I travelled to Cairo to watch them play and they are changing the team. The core is still there, guys like Aboutraika, Gomma, Hosni, Amr Zaki have remained but new players have emerged, too,:" he said.

"Egypt won the Nations Cup three times in a row playing the same formation, but the coach (Hassan Shehata) is trying out a new system and they are unlikely to come here and play the same way they did against Sierra Leone and Niger.

"By the time they arrive here, they will have played eight matches, while we only have one friendly (against Burkina Faso on February 9)."

Meanwhile, Mosimane is also in contact with overseas clubs, who he hopes will release their inactive Bafana players earlier.

He added: "We have guys who are not playing at their clubs overseas, such as Kagisho Dikgacoi and Bongani Khumalo.

"They surely can be released earlier, and I will make contact with their clubs to see if they are willing to let them go. Still, two days won't match Egypt's level - they were in camp for two months," Mosimane concluded.

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