End of the road for Mokoena?

2011-02-10 08:58

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane says "it is no big deal" that Aaron Mokoena was left on the bench on Wednesday night against Kenya.

South Africa won 2-0 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, but for the second match in a row, there was no place in the team for the skipper.

The Portsmouth defender and the nation's most-capped player was left out of the encounter against the USA in November last year and despite making the trip from England to face Kenya, he was benched.

Mosimane said: "I'm not sure why this is a big deal. In my opinion I don't think this is a big issue that Aaron was on the bench on Wednesday.

"I just don't get it. Aaron is the captain and he's got about 107 caps. He has earned those caps, but we need to create competition in central defence."

Mosimane further said Mokoena has his full support and insisted 'Mbazo' still forms part of the bigger picture.

"I recalled him to the squad in 2007 when I was the interim coach after he had some issues and he didn't go to Egypt (for the 2006 AFCON). I supported him and you all know that.

"Aaron is still in our plans and he is still the captain of the team. It is just that he hasn't played in the last two games. He was on the bench and there is nothing wrong with that. It is okay."

Meanwhile, the former SuperSport United coach feels Bafana will have to play better to beat Egypt in next month's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

"It is encouraging because it is a good win, but obviously there is some room for improvement because we had lots of chances in the box and we didn't take them all.

"We will need more than this against Egypt, because it won't be the same game.

"But I'm encouraged because there is a lot of good in our game, some good combinations, but we will need more than this against Egypt," Mosimane concluded. 


  • Johnny Sidestepper - 2011-02-10 09:22


      The Word - 2011-02-10 09:33

      people are finally beginning to see the light. this guy is just tooo useless. well done Pitso, support him on the bench

      MrMM - 2011-02-10 10:31

      yes he can captain from the bench its fine, just dont put him in the pitch,....

      Darkie - 2011-02-10 11:17

      Well said Johnny

      Ian - 2011-02-10 11:29

      Hahaha lets hope its not a train

  • Biza - 2011-02-10 09:28

    Yes indeed bafana-bafana will need more to win against egypt and i think there is nothing wrong in leaving mokoena out because that allows other young players to show wht they are made of. thumbs up coach (General Pitso)

  • themantshepo - 2011-02-10 09:32

    time for a new captain.... lets make steven pienaar captain????

  • kabo.j.masole - 2011-02-10 09:45

    Point taken Pitso. I agree with u that there should b competition in the defence. There are a lot of players who can fill Mokoena's position and they r enthusiastic to do their best.

  • papaRoach - 2011-02-10 10:29

    I watched the game yesterday, if anything bafana does not look like a team that it was during the world cup. It was not good enough but now it looks like it has gone 10 steps backwards. Its simple...we just dont have the cutting edge..our strikers a lame. Its a problem in the PSL and nobody seem to know how to fix it. Same old crap all over again. If we want to win we should built a team in the mold of the 1996 class. Skill, power and vision. We had it in the likes of shoes, erick tinkler, linda butheledzi, doc khumalo, mokoko, fish, bartlet, the predator with no teeth (mark williams) koloi ya bakgatla...a lot of players..these days u get players that dont even look like athletes come on guys!!

      Johnny Sidestepper - 2011-02-10 10:48


      Ngqondi - 2011-02-10 13:50

      People are always quick to point fingers at problems or weaknesses. We want solutions. Give us your squad Roach.because in my books what we had out there is the best the is except one or two but not many.

      papaRoach - 2011-02-11 09:34

      All i said was that, rather than having these pie in the sky ideas and hopes, lets focus on solving the real problem. Building the right type of players..and giving others a chance. I just dont see how Andile Jali can bring anything different to the team, he is an ok player but for me mathew patterson is a much better player. We need to focus and not bring players in randomly because they having a good run at their respective teams. Our midfield is overpacked with the same type of players. No need to introduce more of the same. And we really need to build a school for our strikers. Its pathetic.

  • Victor1985 - 2011-02-10 13:07

    yeah,there's nothing wrong about leaving that bull called mokoena,he's such a useless bugger!

  • Tlaks - 2011-02-10 13:19

    I can tell you now that Safa must get their house in order. Playing against Kenya cannot be regarded as sufficient preparation for Egypt. I've said it before, that if Bafana could lose to such a lowly ranked side like Kenya, it would hurt our Fifa ranking dearly. What did we hope to gain anyway? The first half of the game, Bafana literally camped on Kenya's half; and the 2nd half I think was a dull affair - Though we still dominated slightly in terms of ball possession, we committed too many basic mistakes. If we play like that against Egypt, I can tell you now that we will not live to see the dawn of another day! The Egyptians are much more consistent and very hard to dispossess. They play to last last whistle.

  • Incognito - 2011-02-10 13:44

    Despite winning this game against Kenya, the margin should have been much bigger-maybe 4-1. With only 2 days to prepare it is understandable though. Glad to see so many new caps in the sqaud. But Bafana need to stop holding on to the ball during friendlies and take more and more chances going forward. That's the only way to improve your performance and uncover new combinations. Look forward to the Egypt contest. Well done guys

  • Mutemi - 2011-02-10 15:39

    Surely u cant rate your perfomance by playing Kenya. That was not the right barometer. U had so many options...Morrocco, Tunisia or Algeria cld hve been a better opponent coz they play the same style of football like the Pharoahs.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-02-10 21:12

      And Zimbabwe has just been only oncew at the AFCON, so you can not play them either

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