Mosimane admits to failure

2011-10-09 13:46

Nelspruit - Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane admitted his side could have performed better after they crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying competition on Sunday.

South Africa drew 0-0 against Sierra Leone in Nelspruit in their final qualifying match, followed awkwardly by premature celebrations in a bizarre conclusion to their campaign.

"I felt that it was a game of two halves for us and we all know that we could have done better in the first half," a dejected Mosimane said after the match.

Following initial confusion, in which Bafana players, team management and officials openly celebrated, thinking mistakenly they had qualified on goal difference, the Confederation of African Football said Niger had progressed from Group G with a better head-to-head record.

It was the second successive time that Bafana failed to qualify for the biennial AFCON tournament, having missed out last year when the tournament was played in Angola.

Had Bafana won, qualification would have been secured, with Niger losing 3-0 to bottom-placed Egypt in a simultaneous fixture in Cairo.

Outside of striker Katlego Mphela's free-kick and captain Siphiwe Tshabalala's attempted curler, Sierra Leone goalkeeper Christian Caulker was rarely threatened.

While the visitors were no more aggressive than their South African counterparts, Bafana keeper Itumeleng Khune was called on to make a crucial save in the second half from Sheriff Shuma's long-range shot that was heading goalwards.

Sierra Leone, looking to qualify for the competition for the third time, and also needing a win to go through, failed to convert their chances.

Their burly forwards, Mohamed and Teteh Bangura, probed the Bafana central defensive pairing of Morgan Gould and Siyabonga Sangweni when they were in possession, but Teteh walked off injured in the second half.

"We came here to keep a clean sheet and I felt that was good for my team," said Leone Stars coach Lars Mattsson.

"We didn't create too many chances going forward, but the one good chance was Sheriff's shot.

"I felt we lost something up front after that, when we had to substitute Teteh because of injury."

Other African teams who failed to reach next year's tournament, in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, included powerhouse nations Nigeria and Cameroon.

South Africa will automatically qualify, as hosts, for the 2013 AFCON tournament.


  • Ian - 2011-10-09 14:24

    and thats what you get when the meddling anc interferes, the very reason why cricket sa has told them and the cadres they send to get stuffed and stay stuffed

      hugo mabasa - 2011-10-09 14:41

      so what position was the ANC playing in yesteray 's game?

      burtfred - 2011-10-09 15:29

      @ Hugo Mabasa In answer to your question - the ANC were playing in the position of head selector and coach appointer.

      Dondol - 2011-10-09 15:29

      @hugo u r so right i dnt see y involving ANC in this. totally irrelavent. @Ian i think u need help big tym coz u r suffering frm ANC diseases if nt infection

      Ian - 2011-10-09 21:12

      @dondol yip you right, your anc make me positively ill, they are a cancer full of theft and corruption, but as soon as they are cut out and totally destroyed, all will be well again, YOUR ANC IS AN INFECTION THAT IS STUFFING UP THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dithala - 2011-10-09 14:38

    Next time we want 1 WHITE,1 INDIAN, 1 CHINESE, 1 NORTH AFRICAN, 1 ZULU, 1 XHOZA, 1 SHANGAAN, 1 MOPEDI, 1 MOTSWANA, 1 MOVENDA, 1 MOSOTHO, in our football team and the rest will be the reserves.

  • neelsf - 2011-10-09 14:44

    There was Hugh pressure to get a South African coach after Perreira, even though none has been successful in the past. Like Pieter Div who rode on the successes of the team build by Jake White after the last worldcup, Pitso benefited from Perreira's coaching of the team. The reality is that we must get a coach with International Know How to succeed!

      Tito - 2011-10-10 16:40

      Think Clive Barker, Gordon Ingesund, Gavin Hunt, Gavin Hunt, Gavin Hunt.....

  • hlokes - 2011-10-09 14:44

    Can anyone remember Pitso as an intelligent Bafana player? He now leads them unitelligently and blames CAF for what? Any one can tell you that you need to score more goals than your opponent to win matches. And you need to win more mathes than your opponents to win competitions. It's a basic arithmatic princple of 1+1=2. Pitso, can you see how two equal numbers added together yield a greater number?!!!

      mobiles - 2011-10-10 09:33


  • Martin - 2011-10-09 14:45

    Eich, ek verstaan hom nie!

  • Ian - 2011-10-09 14:56

    he's confused remember lol

  • santa cruz - 2011-10-09 15:12

    automatically qualified for 2013 - that will help! ...but not beyond the group stages...

  • Robin - 2011-10-09 15:13

    Maybe they should familiarise themselves with the rules before celebrating like they have just won the World Cup? They did nothing to try to win this game, in contrary, they were faking injuries (Khune) to kill time and get out of this match with the 0-0 draw. Quite deservingly they did not qualify and the celebrations are a complete embarrassment.

  • wilbet willo - 2011-10-09 15:49

    sad and confused as to why Mosimane was choosen as coach! It is imperative that a leader understands and knows the rules of engagement prior to taking up office. There is no such excuse as I did not know, not as a proffesional, not even in the amateur ranks..... And he dosen't even have the capacity to admit his fault!!!! Blaming CAF!!!!! The team runs around as if they've won the cup...... I have played football in SA for 25 years and have seen administration go from average to shocking!!!! SA will never be a force....

  • Deon - 2011-10-09 19:14

    South Africa is part of FIFA, Fifa has strict policies in place that forbid goverment interferance in team selection. Those guys are all picked out of merit.........crazy i know. Instead of saying we need white etc. Have a look at our national league and how many are good enough. Sean Robert (GK) has made the squad before, Booth is good but is too slow, Sommer plays, Morton is good a talent. There are a few players but one i really want to see play is Matthew Patterson, he was in the run to play in the midfield but he seems to have fallen out of favour at Sundowns and with the national selectors.

  • Lota Simon Matlhare - 2011-10-09 19:27

    It is very sad for the country, because I should think that the Bafana Coach and SAFA shpould have been aware of the stipulations. However to a certain extend the players should also take the blame. The time Khune spent on his antics could have been used to score a goal or goals.

  • Bizo - 2011-10-09 19:33

    pitso has already failed before we see another failler to qualify for brazile we need to do what we are well known for ,release pitso and look abroad .

  • John - 2011-10-09 19:38

    When our teams excel we applaud them no end.... but when they falter we blame the government, the ref or the fact that the temperature was 2 degrees too high

  • kubzi - 2011-10-09 20:22

    Clearly we have a coach who focuses on acting like a child on the football pitch as opposed to knowing the rules of the tournament, honestly speaking Pitso can't help South Africa, the only thing saving him from extremely bad loses is the foundation of the previous coach. I say get more white players bo Mdarkie are greedy

  • Monku - 2011-10-09 20:57

    South Africa can never be best as long as racism exists. What is bring us down is the fact that RACE has divided people. We are all the victims of someone who brought racism and we will only unite once the issue of race is gone. This poor perfomance is the result of hatred and not supporting one another. The idiom sotho translated says DIVIDED LIONS CANNOT EVEN CATCH AND INJURED BUFFALO.This things will happento youSouth Africa until you unite. With one goal and one version the reward follows there of.

  • mzothule1 - 2011-10-09 20:58

    benzo ur comment is total racism and in this South Africa we shouldn't promote such comments, beta have sumthan productive 2 say or not say anithin @all.

  • howard nwoye - 2011-10-09 23:13

    So nice to see you oversize headed s.africans fighting against yourselves like in the days of aparthied;I'll take a wild guess,there aren't enough Nigerians to blame for your woes this time around.Sun downing morons.

  • Ephraim Bogopa - 2011-10-10 09:34

    Mr Editor, Pitso is not wearing Adidas anymore. get the fresh image of Pitso. Puma

  • malepfana - 2011-10-10 11:03

    We know taht, what next?

  • thabang.tsoku - 2011-10-10 14:34

    bafana bafana will win the day pitso decides to go 2school to learn how to answer question from the media yeeerrrr

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