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Pitso 'picked' unfit Masilela

2012-06-05 10:23

Johannesburg - The agent of Bafana Bafana star Tsepo Masilela has criticised sacked coach Pitso Mosimane for continually playing the left-back when he is not fully fit, reports the Sowetan.

Masilela limped out of Sunday's 1-1 draw with Ethiopia after 35 minutes with a recurring hamstring problem and clearly struggled throughout his time on the pitch, his mistake contributing to the visitors' goal.

But it was a familiar scene. An unfit Masilela limped out of the friendly with Ivory Coast after just 26 minutes last November, and then staggered through to half-time of the 0-0 draw with Senegal in February before being replaced.

His European-based agent, Paschalis Tountouris, said he should never have been in the starting line-up for any of those games.

Mosimane was sacked as Bafana Bafana head coach, SAFA confirmed on Tuesday morning.


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Comments
  • cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-06-05 10:55

    thts wat pitso does best, picking unfit players. there are lots of them, letsolontyane as well aftr abt 4 months in absence and has nt played more than 4 games aftr returning frm injury, bongani khumalo is jus oversees 4 training, doenst play competitive games, agh the list goes on ..

  • Peter - 2012-06-05 10:56

    We have a game this weekend, let's move on and support the current technical team rather than bashing Pitso.

  • Lita - 2012-06-05 11:06

    Moemish of the past 2yrs Pitso !!!!

      Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-06-05 11:20

      hahahahahahahahaha! include the players who were dancing for not qualifying for afcon!

  • Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-06-05 11:32

    word of advice to Gordon, stay at Swallows your job is secured there.

  • dieudonne.ngoma - 2012-06-05 11:44

    I have some good suggestion for SA: buy some foreign players, good ones and give them citizenship. Every country does that nowadays. The likes of France, Germany, Croatia, Japan are just examples. Togo had 4 Brazilian players who help them qualify to the world cup in Germany. Second suggestion, select match-fit players not on history made by few players, Bongani Khumalo trains in Europe, he does not play, Serero trains in Europe, etc... There are much hungrier and match-fit players in the PSL who can be selected, Moneeb Joseph is an example. Third suggestion, play friendliest against African teams, you cannot expect to be a top football nation in the world when you cannot beat a minnow country in your continent. Stop playing Germany, England or Brazil, you cannot beat them anyway. Victories will boost the morale of players, so, start playing in Africa, charity starts at home. Do all the above and siyaya in Brazil. Good luck South africa

  • Emmanuel - 2012-06-05 12:06

    @Agent, if we won, were you going to say the same thing?

      Rob - 2012-06-05 15:14

      Won ??? Lol.....Not too often. Etheopia !!!!!

      charles.mlaba1 - 2012-06-05 17:58

      Yes we were going to say the same thing, we haven't been playing well under his care he is not good for the national team. He must go back to coaching supersport.

  • songezo.kilani - 2012-06-05 12:17

    To be fair to Pitso he's not the only person not fit for his job, e.g SAFA member are unfit they dont even know the rules of Africa, our president and our minister are unfit as well.

  • Mpho - 2012-06-05 13:17

    yaaah neh!

  • Malope - 2012-06-05 14:07

    i welcome the resolution,

  • Azariel - 2012-06-05 14:13

    This is the result of always appointing people on the basis of who he knows, rather than on merit. In the 1st place Pitso has never been one of the best coaches in the country, personally I am been suprised by the results. In SA we are becoming more comfortable with mediocrity, the reason for that is because everything is politicised.

  • mzi.may - 2012-06-06 15:55

    It saddens me to see a talented coach, like Pitso failing to get us anywhere. Pitso picked players that were in the national setup in 2010. The players knew the system that Alberto P wanted them to play. He then continued with the same group of players. Unfortunately the players were not as fit as prior to the world cup. I would say 40% of the players were razor sharp, the rest just going through the motions and lacking match sharpness. He thought the players would fight for him, this time his Mphela could not score more than 1 goal, he is a 1 goal a game striker and nothing more ( according to stats). Do we have a bafana second team or third side, like Brazil, Spain and Germany. What are we doing at development level? What about the corruption and politics at SAFA?

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