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Tshabalala sad at Pitso's exit

2012-06-07 11:53

Johannesburg - South Africa vice-captain Siphiwe Tshabalala admits he was hurting after Pitso Mosimane was sacked as national boss on Monday night.

Mosimane, who has threatened legal action against his dismissal, was fired in the wake of a 1-1 draw with Ethiopia in a 2014 World Cup qualifier - Bafana Bafana's seventh straight game without a win.

Steve Komphela, formerly Mosimane's assistant, will take the reins for Saturday's Soccer World Cup qualifier against Botswana in Gaborone.

"It was disturbing to see the coach leave... personally a very sad moment," Tshabalala said in the Cape Times.

"I worked with him for six years and he played a role of a father figure to me. I will always be grateful for that. He was the best."

The Kaizer Chiefs winger continued: "We were all feeling down, not happy at all. But a decision has been taken and we must respect it. Coach Pitso laid the foundation and it's up to us to deliver."

Tshabalala feels Bafana played well in Mosimane's two-year reign but were unable to close out games, costing them a spot at the Africa Cup of Nations staged earlier this year.

"It's very worrying that with the quality we have, we are playing too many draws and do not win," said Tshabalala.

"There's no doubt we are playing well, but when you're not winning, someone has to pay the price and unfortunately it had to be the coach."

On the stalemate with Ethiopia, 'Shabba' concedes Bafana failed to turn up in Rustenburg.

"We failed as a team. It would be unfair to make excuses, because we went through a two-week preparation for that game," he said.

"We analysed them, watched videos and were all eager to perform. But on match-day, the opposite happened...we undermined the opponents and we actually got a shock of our lives to see how dedicated they are."

The 28-year-old added: "We have to apologise to the nation and promise that such a poor performance will not happen again."

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Comments
  • jkoboekae - 2012-06-07 12:23

    Pitso could have not been chased away thats poor decision from management u will remember him gole thata cum sartuday.

  • Arthur - 2012-06-07 12:25

    "I worked with him for six years and he played a role of a father figure to me. I will always be grateful for that. He was the best." "It's very worrying that with the quality we have, we are playing too many draws and do not win," said Tshabalala. "There's no doubt we are playing well, but when you're not winning, someone has to pay the price and unfortunately it had to be the coach." This boy needs help he sounds like he was brainwashed. he sounds like a loser, ooops chiefs playa

      cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-06-07 12:38

      n u must pay the price 2, overated moron

  • xolani.t.ngobese - 2012-06-07 12:27

    Never underestimate ur opponent, no matter how weak they are! Shabba thank you for standing for the truth. You (players) did not do ur job properly! Goodluck for the Botswana game.

  • Anthony - 2012-06-07 12:36

    Ag shame! Poor Siphiwe. The new coach may just expect him to score some goals.

  • cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-06-07 12:36

    n u r next, stop dancing n play football!

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-07 13:05

      Or enter strictly come dancing!

  • kimshotakasiwa.kondlo - 2012-06-07 12:39

    did u knw that shaba has sc0red the 0penin goal of the w0rld cup that took bafuny bafuny n0whr bt he is recently knwn by that defence spliting bck pass that cost pitso hs j0b'

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-07 12:58

      And that was his only goal

  • poloyatonkim - 2012-06-07 12:40

    I am chiefs fan but i must admit Tshabalala is just an average player... not as special as he thinks.

  • ApSoLuT1 - 2012-06-07 12:43

    the only reason he is sad is because he knows that the new coach will choose players on merit and that he feels threatened by the youngsters. Its no secret that Pitso favoured some players over the others, lets wait and see how many 'stars' will be dropped after the new coach takes over

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-07 12:48

    Tshabalala don't know how to play a team sport. Instead of passing the ball to someone in a much better position to score, he shoots for glory and miss. He is just like his coach. He was favoured and that is why he was always in the starting 11 although his arrogant behaviour cost us games. He is well aware that the new coach are not going to deal with his likes in the team. Why is Pienaar an international player? Simply because he doesn't only score goals he also create opportunities for others to score. Why did Tshabalala them failed at the trials overseas? Because they don't know how to play a team sport. The boy should just resign.

  • James - 2012-06-07 12:51

    Siphiwe, stop feeling sad, stop apologising and get your ass into gear and sock it to the Botswanans. If you lose (or draw) you and the team are gone. Lift your game like you did against Mexico.

  • phangolicious - 2012-06-07 12:56

    The tym to be guaranteed a spot in the team is gone fana, U must all work hard to earn yo place, Pitso had favourites including Tshabalala, Mphela, Teko .........

      david.lebethe - 2012-06-07 14:40

      Lately Morgan Gould and Sibusiso Gaxa.

  • Tlou.debele - 2012-06-07 13:00

    Best players never protect a national coach,coz they know dat is nt by favour 2 b in da our national team.

  • Siya - 2012-06-07 13:11

    We need to get better players that's what's up

  • rankati - 2012-06-07 13:36

    Hai man,you can pack your backs and follow him...does it mean Tshabalala and the rest were happy to lose and draw against low rated class?

  • thomas.monyepao - 2012-06-07 13:42

    http://blogs.sport24.co.za/TomMoneypower/drawing-attention-to-pitso

  • Bond - 2012-06-07 14:20

    Yes Shaba you worried because u have to fight for your position.....unlike the automatic starting line up.

  • Mc Ndlovu - 2012-06-07 15:11

    it is his back pass that saw Ethopians took the lead he should be apologizing to the nation instead of telling us about his father and i hope the new coach will give all the players a fair chance

  • keenan.davy - 2012-06-07 18:58

    His sad because his place in the team is no longer guaranteed, as he was one of the coaches favourites

      Themba - 2012-06-08 08:50

      exactly, i dnt wnt to see him in the startng 11 this saturday, serero for him

  • Samuel - 2012-06-08 09:20

    now we know why Pitso select you ahead of Daine Klate now is time for you to warm the bench

  • mandhkouson - 2012-06-08 11:40

    For how long are u gonna apologize????? we are tired of ur faik apologies shaba. Last time u were dancing for a draw that took u out of afcon. U dd apologize again but nothing has changed. We need a coach who select dedicated player who are accountable for their actions. Useless blatts, all u think of is money. Tell the nation that u will play all the games without getting allowance until u qualify!!!!!!!!!

  • cuthbert.murwisi - 2012-06-08 12:43

    As mediocre as your former coach.

  • phaswana.rudolph - 2012-06-09 16:17

    nice words shaba,we still believe that you guys you will make us proud

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