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Pitso sorry for AFCON row

2011-11-03 13:41

Johannesburg - After almost a month after the national team's mix up in their game against Sierra Leone, Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane has taken full responsibility for the team's failure to qualify for AFCON 2012.

The team's management believed that a draw in their final group game against Sierra Leone would be enough to see Bafana Bafana qualify for the AFCON final in January. Instead the draw was not enough, a mistake that the South African public did not take lightly.
 
Speaking at a press briefing at SAFA House on Thursday morning, Mosimane said he had intentionally kept quite to follow the SAFA protocol, this despite the fact that SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani publicly apologised over two weeks ago. In fact, SAFA CEO Robin Petersen apologised on Mosimane's behalf two weeks ago as well.
 
"I did what I did in that game because I believed that a draw would take us through. I take full responsibility for what happened and I share the grief with the nation on failing to qualify for the AFCON 2012. 
 
"I apologise for the misunderstanding, which all the teams and associations believed, that the team with a better goal aggregate would qualify if we finish on the same points. We played a defensive second half thinking that if Niger lose to Egypt then we will qualify. I am sorry for misunderstanding the rules and letting the country down," Mosimane concluded.
 

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Comments
  • ShottaZee - 2011-11-03 13:52

    Too late to apologize Pitso. You can't wait the whole month to say sorry and think we gonna believe that it is an honest apology. We are not fools.

  • Mamaile - 2011-11-03 13:58

    Just do the honourable thing Mr. Mosimane. How is the nation going to trust you in future if you admit that you didn't able to interpret the laws of the game. I dont think you are in the right church '''sad'''

  • Cuthbert - 2011-11-03 14:04

    too late don't you think? Next time you will complaining that the rule book is not written in your mother language. I don't believe you are really honest here. You are not sorry at all . Apology not accepted.

  • spiderkzn - 2011-11-03 14:06

    Apology accepted. So next time you will know better. now focus on beating Ivory Coast and 2014 FIFA World Cup.

  • Priester - 2011-11-03 14:12

    It is time for Bafana to changes their mindset and start cultivating a wining culture. Draws are not good enough and my Achilles heel is them claiming to have had a “good” game even when they lost. Come on guys a lost is just plain piss poor and a draw is like kissing your sister and a win is the ultimate. A win should be your goal at ALL times. Rather safe than sorry! Blou Bul Groete.

      Nitesh - 2011-11-03 15:21

      well said fellow blou bull

  • Amy - 2011-11-03 14:12

    how can the coach of the NATIONAL soccer team not understand the rules properly? no wonder we are such a crap team.

  • baxitoo - 2011-11-03 14:17

    This is what you get for aiming for less. Why not aim for a win even if you only need one point?? Failing to win against Sierra Leone on our home grounds is more embarassing. Hope you sent an email to Egypt Soccer Association, thanking them. At least they did their part. We failed to do ours.

  • Nitesh - 2011-11-03 14:28

    2 late u idiot.....

      Dhirshan - 2011-11-03 14:39

      that ship has sailed pitso, next time wake up!

      Nitesh - 2011-11-03 15:17

      there shouldnt be a next time for PIT....so

  • Sphoenogon.Draix - 2011-11-03 14:44

    Why the hell is he still coach then? "I am sorry for misunderstanding the rules and letting the country down," That is not acceptable!!! He is sorry good, why the hell is he still coach???

  • Nitesh - 2011-11-03 15:14

    sadly to be fair, the players of banana banana are also to be blamed, for their useless performance and their idiotic celebrations....how typical of football in africa....

  • Paulistos - 2011-11-03 16:03

    He was making comments prior the Game, telling us that he will attack from the first whistle until the End, now he is saying sorry for not attacking. What are we in this country of ours Mediocre in Soccer. We deserve better than this maan. Pitso you not fit to take this country anywhere on Soccer...Mentally, Qualification, etc..That was only your beginning on taking us deep in the mud...

  • Tokollo - 2011-11-03 16:19

    To little to late Pitso. What exaclty is your ques? To make us qualify for the AFCON? To improve our FIFA ranking? ey you and SAFA are failing us.

  • Tokollo - 2011-11-03 16:22

    Ey too little to late Pitso. What exactly is ur quest? to improve our fifa ranking? to qualify for AFCON 2012? It's just shows how bad our football admin is being handled. In other countries there is no room for mistakes especially through ignorance. It's time to restructure SAFA

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