Mosimane: The team did well

2012-03-01 10:32

Johannesburg - Pitso Mosimane was left to rue his team's wasted chances as he watched Bafana Bafana play to a goalless draw against Senegal in an international friendly at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday.

At the post match press conference Mosimane revealed he was happy with the performance despite the draw, but at the same time admitted he is has no illusions as to the pressure he is under to produce results.

He said: "'I think the team did well, we kept, attacking, we had the right attitude. We created lots of chance and I think the boys did their best.

''In my opinion I thought May (Mahlangu) could have wrapped it up in the second minute. That could have changed our fortunes. Teko could have also wrapped it up, but the same story we couldn't take them."

Mosimane lamented the fact that some of his players only arrived in Durban on Tuesday, leaving him with a full squad for only one training session.

''You need time to prepare. We need to experiment. Some boys only arrived here on Tuesday. I need to try new formations but I don't have the time."

Mosimane added that his strikers need to show more composure in goalscoring situations but again reiterated his need for more time with his players.

''We need a little bit more temperament in front of goal. But with two sessions I can't train a team to score. I am doing my best.''

The former SuperSport United coach said that it was not in his nature to play smaller teams just to try and register a big result.

''As a coach I don't want to bring small teams, that's not in my character. I rather take the stress against the big teams. I don't want to put four or five past a small team just to buy a win. It's a test of character.''

Mosimane knows his position as Bafana boss will come under even more scrutiny the closer we get to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the pressure is beginning to tell.

He exclaimed: "I am a human being as well. I have got kids and a family, they take the stress. It's not easy for me.''


  • Malvern - 2012-03-01 10:38

    Pitso, even if you had 10 training sessions, you wouldn't teach the team to score; that's not your role. The players are selected for Bafana because they have the skill. If you want to teach them the skill, then you should be coaching a club. Your role is formations and tactics!

  • mongwadi - 2012-03-01 10:47

    " i think the team did well ", are you even listening to yourself? The team is embarrassing south Africans.

      Micah - 2012-03-01 11:23

      you have to remember the bar is very low with this team,their standard are very low

  • Koos - 2012-03-01 10:49

    Let's face it the players are useless and will never ever be in the same league as Europe players. Watching Bafana is actrually so embarassing but laughable as well

  • Mashudu - 2012-03-01 10:52

    Pitso draw with under 23 squad is that enough for you seriously?

  • Tokollo - 2012-03-01 10:54

    Pitso with all respect you are not coaching an u/12 team. You can't get given the entire week to teach a player to score goals. You need to understand your place. You are a national team coach, you are coaching the very best that SA has to offer. Mphela needs to come into the team wearing his scoring boots and if he can't score (he already told us he is not capable of taking the ball into the net) find some1 else. Bring back Davide Somma, partner him with Benni/Nomvethe and alternate Somma with May Mahlangu. There you go four strikers with top class quality. Give Mphela some rest do that so he becomes hungry again to want the national T-shirt. How bad can that be to 2013……

      Ntshekisang - 2012-03-05 14:36

      well said,if we can continue with Serero & Mahlangu with Somma partnering Mphela surely wil be more powerful

  • Peter - 2012-03-01 10:58

    Someone at SAFA please fire this arrogant amateur, now!!!

  • Españyol - 2012-03-01 11:31

    11 Jan 1-1 against Zambia - The team did well 15 Jan 1-1 against Ghana - The team did well & now 0-0 against (U/23) Senegal - The team did well Atleast come up with a different excuse like "Its my fault we are not winning & im stepping down"

  • Nare - 2012-03-01 11:32

    Badraw Badraw is an embarrasement to SA. AND the coach is still arrogant......mxm

  • William - 2012-03-01 12:14

    A extremely sad reflection on South African football if a country like Zambia with FAR fewer resources and money behind it can reach the AFCON Final and South Africa with huge amounts of money being pumped into the sport are performing like schoolboys!!! To many cooks and fat cats in SAFA being paid huge salaries etc whilst our football is the laughing stock of the world!!!

  • motsome - 2012-03-01 12:28

    Always complaining.

  • motsome - 2012-03-01 12:32

    Always complaining

  • mholthuysen - 2012-03-01 12:36

    Sorry - I must have seen a different match - as in Block 134 where I sat ripping my hairs out I only saw a ill-disciplined and uncommitted team that struggled against a team that had no confidence. This was a weak Senegal side - imagine playing against Brazil?!

  • Ze Don - 2012-03-01 12:38

    I actually agree with the coach, probably for different reasons though. The team did VERY well in my opinion, in putting us to sleep that is!

  • Goodman - 2012-03-01 12:39

    Once again Mr Pitso your tactics failed and your attitude is letting you down, you not picking up the guys that are scoring goals week in and week out what are you hoping to achieve. Benni and Nomvethe are there to show the boys how to do it but still you dont want them. Whats going on, this is the national interest and Pitso must look at how many games he has played an what was the outcome of it. For this FIFA calender all the countries meet for one, to two days and they never complain and Pitso hey hey this and that please man, this guy must resign.

  • Glen - 2012-03-01 12:52

    Sure they did well with a draw - a draw is all you need to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations - isn't it???

      Heiku - 2012-03-01 14:02

      That and the Senegal u23 side were strong favorites coming into the match so we did well to hold them off.

  • thamifraser - 2012-03-01 12:57

    I agree with the coach: you can't build a team with one training session. But you do have the core of the team, the local players in camp earlier. Just select the right players.

  • Noxolo - 2012-03-01 15:12

    ash a draw again, is the coach or the players, in the premier league the top goal scorer cannot even increase the goals but the coach expect him to score impossible! i am scared , we need new team to play ,and SA must make serious plan of investment, if possible start to early age the kids must sleep & eat football, even go , in the rural areas were the players a hungry for success train them that will the answer, I remember my self and friends we use to dream about playing in the premier league, we use to bet that today I will score 2 and sure I will, then if not i will feel for the rest of week/month even today i think about all this goal i miss, even wishing to play again, but our players i don't think they feel that they are just playing for fun, ladies and money

  • Konapi - 2012-03-01 15:49

    Mnxm, where is your long term vision Pitso?

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