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Pitso warns overseas players

2011-07-11 07:11

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane has warned his overseas players only regular first-team action will be rewarded with call-ups.

The fates of players such as Bongani Khumalo and Kagisho Dikgacoi, who left the PSL for Tottenham and Fulham respectively only to soon find themselves loaned out to lower league clubs and off the European radar, are cautionary tales Mosimane hopes others will learn from.

He told TimesLive: "My message is clear. If you leave the PSL, you had better make sure you play at your next club.

"If you don't, your place is under threat in Bafana. The days of players gaining automatic selection ahead of a PSL player only because they play abroad are over."

However, the 46-year-old insists he is not looking to prevent South African players from playing abroad, adding: "When you move overseas, even if you go to the UK first division, it is a good step as long as you play.

"The intensity, tempo, stress, physical demands, expectations, the mental challenges of the game are higher than at home.

"The challenge for our players is they have to adapt to the conditions in which they find themselves.

"The damage only happens when players are not playing and have to come back home."

Football411

Comments
  • Will99 - 2011-07-11 07:25

    Good! I like the way Pitso does things!

  • Nettas - 2011-07-11 07:55

    It is a pretty naive statement to make, but I agree with him in principle, lets hope he does not have to eat his words someday.

  • swoan - 2011-07-11 08:13

    he's such a lier! he selected Gaxa ahead of Jele and Jimmy who were doing well for their teams,

  • Jay - 2011-07-11 09:04

    I think our players need every bit of training they can get and overseas exposure from is often good. it also helps them to think a bit more laterally as travelling opens the mind. I agree though, they must constantly be playing to stay in the game!

  • Ephraim Bogopa - 2011-07-11 09:31

    I told you guys.

  • Paul M.A. - 2011-07-11 10:05

    Many of Pitso's favourites were selected evert time for Bafan Squads while they were not playing at they clubs, or underperforming. For the whole year Bernard Parker scored ONE goal as a striker, Kagiso Dikgacoi and Pa Gaxa were NOT PLAYING for most of the season, yet they were selected every time. BEVAN FRANSMAN, played 47 games for the Israeli Double Champions, even playing CONSISTENTLY WELL in the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, GROUP MATCHES, BUT he was overlooked very time. Where is the CONSISTENCY in the selection policy?

  • RacingShark - 2011-07-11 10:31

    Is it? Is this why you always select bench warmer Bernard Parker?

  • 1stcase - 2011-07-11 10:32

    He stated that clubs should send they players over sees , now that players are going he states that they will not be selected. I dont have a problem with no play no selection policy, but some players may strugle to addapt at they new clubs and not get fisrt team action.This huy is confused.

  • Fk - 2011-07-11 12:44

    Pitso doesnot have technique, can somebody explain why does he keep putting in parker instead of the deadliest david soma

  • Jan - 2011-07-11 22:28

    OUR PLAYERS THEY JUST LIKE OVERSEAS BUT THEY DONT PLAY 4 PSL EVEN IF THEY PLAY 4 PSL THEY BANCH THEM IN MOST CASE LOCAL IS LEKKER

  • collen.seoka - 2011-07-14 05:02

    players who are not active have been our biggest downfall since 1996 afcon, i am glad our coach have noticed. hopefully he will be a man of his word, then we will keep rising!

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