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Pitso loving the Bafana vibe

2011-06-07 11:42

Johannesburg - Pitso Mosimane believes a new culture of unity within the camp is responsible for Bafana Bafana's upturn in international results.

South Africa's 0-0 draw with Egypt in Cairo on Sunday has put the team a step closer to qualifying for the 2012 African Nations Cup and their gritty performance has been met with widespread praise.

Bafana supporters are watching their team with a renewed vigour of late and the man at the head of it all believes the reasons are obvious.

"There is a vibe around Bafana Bafana these days," he told Business Day. "I also changed the attitude of the players towards the national team.

"Now they want to play for their country and they make sure they arrive in camp on time ahead of our matches. That was unheard of.

"And of course, the results are also important and we have done that. Importantly, gone are the days when the media was an opponent rather than a stakeholder."

Mosimane also believes a change in mindset among the backroom staff and a fresh policy of playing on merit has resulted in a better team spirit compared to previous years.

"When I took over the job (in July last year) I tried to make sure that we are all equal in Bafana Bafana," Mosimane added.

"There are no star players and there is no preferential treatment reserved for anyone.

"Overseas-based players do not just walk into the team as they did in the past. They are in the team on merit and not just because they play their football overseas.

"This mentality that they (overseas-based players) are better than the local players actually creates unnecessary friction." 

Football411

Comments
  • Bigboet - 2011-06-07 12:05

    Go Bafana, now step up a gear and win at least 1-0 the next game. I'm starting to like where this is going

      Leviathan - 2011-06-07 15:49

      ya compared to begining of last year Pitso has done wonders to the team, and a think everyone is happy wer this team is goin.Jst need a few goals Pitso. But awesom work so far but keep goin dont stop!!

  • Billy - 2011-06-07 12:09

    Well Done Pitso and the Boys!!!!!!! just keep the mentality that way, Coach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Obama Bin Laden - 2011-06-07 12:45

    Only in South African soccer can you prance around like a preening peacock proclaiming to the world how much you've achieved when all you did is fail to lose. And then have it lapped up by the media

      lethlogonolo sealetsa - 2011-06-07 12:52

      you should not blog when your on your period

      Winston - 2011-06-07 13:46

      @ Obamatheidiotdoos. At least things are moving in the right direction... A draw in Egypt is a bloody good result!!! And we are still top of the log FYI. But what do I know?? you are obviously an expert....

  • Annoy - 2011-06-07 13:09

    Enjoy Pitso enjoy Pitso - hope it lasts forever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Obama Bin Laden - 2011-06-07 13:20

    @Jose. Mate, you're the one getting worked up. I just made a straight forward comment on a news story which last time I checked we are allowed to do. And what's with the unhealthy obsession with bananas? What's wrong, grocery store sales getting hammered by your cousins at fruit n veg city?

      Winston - 2011-06-07 13:52

      Jose might get worked up, but you still the idiot... You will never have a positive comment about the SA football team, will you?? Even when its clear as day that we are improving!

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-07 13:29

    Great Job Pitso...those Egyptians spectators really are idiots...shining those lazers... Bafana4eva...

  • Marius - 2011-06-07 14:03

    I was really impressed about how bafana played, they are getting much better...

  • Bosj - 2011-06-07 14:09

    Keep it that way Pitso. Selection on merit, No favouritism. The results will come. Now we are starting to see the Bafana of 1996 (proud of our game and committed to thr Republic of SA). Keep improving especially upfront. I am loving this.

  • Obama Bin Laden - 2011-06-07 14:32

    @Winston. I will. When they win the African Cup of Nations. Guess that gives me a couple of decades to keep being negative about them.

      Winston - 2011-06-07 16:21

      Well, we will have to wait and see, wont we?

  • My Comment - 2011-06-07 14:47

    Only in SA do we praise a drawn soccer match! Pitso, at least win something, and brag later.

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-06-07 15:15

      Exactly! Finally someone with some brain cells. If anything they're a national embarrassment. We should at least be number 1 in Africa. Still remember these idiots threatening to on strike just before the world cup. useless bunch, just like their supporters

      Leviathan - 2011-06-07 15:39

      @Obama Bin Laden, stop being stupid ur meant do b dead in the sea. SA r gettin better, yes ur right we havnt won anything but supporting the team and given em confidence will only make them improve. Now for bein 1 in africa is difficult ghana, ivory coast, nigeria (wen they decide u play properly) r very strong teams. it wil take time 2 b best in africa

      Winston - 2011-06-07 16:23

      ooooh, thats rich!!!!! You do realise that it was a drawn match in Egypt, dont you?? " sigh "

  • Leviathan - 2011-06-07 15:34

    i hope this form doesnt jst happen in the qualifiers. I hope this form carries on and even still improves in next years AFCON wer it counts, but the way wer goin at the moment is great. But dont stop there get even better so we can compete wit ghana and ivory coast at AFCON!Nice Pitso!!

  • knowledge - 2011-06-07 15:37

    Obama bin Laden,u sound like Townsend in defence of Mugabe!!you such an idiot wallowing in dire poverty of knowledge!

  • Neles - 2011-06-07 16:37

    she always liked egypt

  • FerretGee - 2011-06-07 16:50

    At last we have a local coach who speaks the language, understands the players, has told them that no-one is bigger than the team and now the team is gelling. Well done Pitso. The results will come if the players start beleiving in each other like they did at the World Cup and start playing for each other and nit just the pay-cheque. A draw against Egypt is a very cderitable result. Let's hope Pitso keeps them hungry!

  • Obama Bin Laden - 2011-06-07 17:25

    @Jose - you're even more stupid than I thought. But then again you support a team of laughing stocks called Bafana Bafana

      Mabhulwana - 2011-06-07 19:10

      You do have a point, but still the manner in which you put it across is not the best. We ought to be doing better than we are. But we are improving.The issues/ares that still need attention are visible to most of us. One of them is that we do not convert the chances that we create into goals. Matches are won on goals . Everyone agrees that we should have won that match. Since no one can deny you your right to comment on a news story, keep on keeping on being negative in a situation that does not warrant that. It is your choice.

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