Mosimane leaves 'amicably'

2012-06-05 12:30

Johannesburg - South Africa parted ways with coach Pitso Mosimane after the Bafana Bafana stretched its winless run to nine games with a disappointing home draw with Ethiopia to start Soccer World Cup qualifying over the weekend.

The South African Football Association said on Tuesday it had parted with Mosimane "amicably" following an emergency meeting on Monday, but the 47-year-old coach was effectively fired after he lost the faith of the country's football fans and then his employers.

Mosimane, who was assistant to Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira when South Africa hosted the World Cup in 2010, made a promising start to his tenure but never recovered from the embarrassment of not knowing the rules in African Cup qualifying last year. He watched his team celebrate a 0-0 draw at home against Sierra Leone when it actually needed to win to qualify for the tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Since then, the team has drawn six out of seven games and lost to Zimbabwe to see the momentum and optimism built by a promising performance at the 2010 World Cup on home soil seep away.

On Sunday, striker Katlego Mphela scored late to save Bafana against lowly Ethiopia in front of just 5 000 fans at the 30 000-plus capacity Royal Bafokeng World Cup stadium.

Afterward, Mosimane said South Africa needed to "accept the reality" that its football had not progressed sufficiently despite having access to better resources than most African countries.

SAFA evaluated the team's results after the 1-1 draw against the Ethiopians and said Mosimane's exit came when "both parties agreed to part ways amicably in the best interests of both the country and the national team."

SAFA appointed Mosimane's assistant and former international defender Steve Komphela as caretaker coach ahead of this weekend's World Cup qualifier away in Botswana, with Bafana already trailing in its group. South Africa also hosts next year's African Cup of Nations having failed to qualify for the past two tournaments.

"We appeal to the nation to also support the caretaker coach, the technical team, the players and the whole team going forward," SAFA chief executive Robin Petersen said. "We have entered into a crucial period of World Cup qualification and we will need all hands on deck to ensure this country gets to Brazil in 2014, as well as perform admirably at the 2013 AFCON (African Cup of Nations) tournament."

South African-based Premier Soccer League coach Gordon Igesund, who has won the national league title with four different clubs, emerged as early favourite to become Mosimane's permanent replacement, but Petersen told local media no decision had been made.


  • paul.ramncwana - 2012-06-05 12:53

    He must have a few millions in his pocket!!

  • hassiem.fisher1 - 2012-06-05 13:05

    So appointing a local coach was a flop - why not appoint an overseas based coach with some credentials behind his name. We keep on arguing about whether to appoint local. Local cost to much money when they get fired or don't perform. Pitso - Enjoy the SAFA millions as a golden handshake

      christian.manzi.5 - 2012-06-05 14:01

      I don't think the nationality matters when you fire before the end of contract. By the way local coaches get paid 3 to 4 times lower than the so-called expetriates. Mosimane was paid R 400,000 while Perreira was paid R 1,600,000 and Santana R 1,200,000. The problem of SA football is not a coach but the system.

      Maama - 2012-06-05 16:13

      ur 100% right hassiem the trueth is safa has sme sort of apartheid they like fellow blacks plse do put that aside look at all progressing teams are using foreign national.big up pitso

      JAbu.R15 - 2012-06-05 19:45

      U know there is something we have missed a long time ago. Pitso mosimane was the assistant coach at supersport united prior to him being made assisnt to perreira. do ur maths! in his time at supersport has he ever won anything before hunt got there? NO. as assistant to perreira did tehy win anything? NO. question I always asked myself why get a looser to coach your team? its the same question I asked when Pirated got their coach previous season. Swallows fired the man pirates took him and the fired him before the end of the season as well. So its time we get a coach with a good track record who has won something at least. not a looser. Hey if igesnd does not come why not take the former barca coach?

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-06-05 13:16

    One true statement that Pitso mentioned is that whoever comes in will not get better results. These boys need Jesus. Let's learn to accept the national team's ineptitude and not only blame it on one man!!

      christian.manzi.5 - 2012-06-05 14:02

      That is the problem. It is the whole system that is dead!

      JAbu.R15 - 2012-06-05 19:47

      JA ne you have a way with words, meaning for them to get the results it will be through divine intervention!

  • Vic - 2012-06-05 13:23

    I would hate to be a coach of any South Africa sports team, because as soon as chips are down, most supporters cry foul. Often though, it boils down to wrong choices. Will Paul Treu perhaps be the next casualty because of failure in the last Sevens Series ?

  • nyikamn - 2012-06-05 13:40

    so , Pitso has just joined the list of the former failures of the national team coaches. coming ti think of it, SAFA needs to be dissolved. its not the coach es who are failing us, its the management.

      christian.manzi.5 - 2012-06-05 14:03

      That is the problem. It is the whole system that is dead!

  • upumba - 2012-06-05 13:50

    To be honest I've always thought of Komphela as an astute coach.......

  • konanani.nesamvuni - 2012-06-05 13:53

    I go for gordon egusend

  • Loo - 2012-06-05 13:59

    The problem lies in the whole administration right down to the players that over rate themselves with money being thrown at the them AS IF they are on international standard. Soccer in RSA should be re-designed from top to bottom ie. stop treating the symptoms and spend REAL energy time and money on dissecting the actual cause of the countries dismal soccer record. I don't know the answers ,, but then again I don't get paid millions to run it either. There are skills out there that will be able to get to the cause of the problem, even if it takes them months. Better than continuing to be the Milk cow of African football and a disgrace to National pride till the pigs fly. Fact is WE have been going at it for 18 years now and have gotten Nowhere.

  • Seber - 2012-06-05 14:02

    I am kinda happy to see the Ethiopian team doing great, but the same time worried for Bafana Bafana which is my favorite African team. What am saying is I don't think the Ethiopian team will make it all the-way. See the other side of the South Africa football

  • A - 2012-06-05 14:14

    Ofcourse he would leave 'amicably'....Y wouldn't he!!!!i'd leave amicably for that tyoe of money!!!!!

  • sizwe.nyembe - 2012-06-05 14:18

    The first people who should have been fired are Nematendani and Nonkonyana.

  • Siphiwo - 2012-06-05 14:19

    The football nation will by now breath a fresh air, but it must not end here, Nematandan and his Generals, must go as well. They are useless and arrogant. I hope the new chapter, will bring back supporters and this fielding of failed players, will come to an end. I will support the caretaker Coach Kompela and hopefully Gordon to take over permanently.

  • Thapelo - 2012-06-05 14:30

    Finaly our prayers are heard....Thank God its Tuesday.... But the most disturbing part is this new tradition at Bafana of inheritanceship....When was the last time SAFA realy went out there and openly requetsed applicants for the headship of Bafana,Carlos was here,when he started feeling the heat,his wife was sick,he called his cousin Santana to take over,SAFA agreed....few months later he realise his cousin is failing the nation,he comes back....when he left,he still refered Mosimane as his preferred successor,SAFA like always...agreed.Now Mosimane saw this coming from a distance,and requested Kompela to come rescue him,quess what SAFA did....obvious..... We need an open recruitment process at SAFA,where anybody who believes the have what it takes to take us somewhere as a nation apply....Period.

      sntjabane - 2012-06-05 14:34

      true dat

  • - 2012-06-05 15:14

    He should hev nt hired at de fst place......He hevnt bin sucsesful in his career..Wat did he do in Matsatsantsa nothing......SAFA stop feivas n hire a qualified coaches lyk Gordon..

  • kagiso.k.seleka - 2012-06-05 15:33

    Yip, amicably should read "Golden Handshake". But Igesund must be angry with himself for not taking the assistant coach job when offered it cause now he would have what he wants - coaching the National team.

  • Maama - 2012-06-05 16:06

    thank u safa but stil i dont expect alot from khompela get some1 with astrong international cv

  • Bobby - 2012-06-05 17:29

    u did us a favour mayb we will attend the games from now on.thank u

  • thando.mahlomuza - 2012-06-05 18:14

    Its about tym

  • majaha - 2012-06-05 19:14

    lafa elihle sibhekile, because of the no of coaches that we hv changed in da last 5yrs or so, I suggest dat SA football be coached by a local committee, dis is to hv @least about 5 of our best coaches forming a team if not coaching dept. Lets hv these guys working 2geda n supporting each oda, odawise appointing an individual will result in him being fired again. Once we hv Igesund, Hunt, Kompela, Jomo n him Mosimane on da same bench our football will never b da same. For obvious reasons safa will moan about money forgetting dis is for our country, our pride. I appeal to safa to consider the above sugg FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME,

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