Mosimane unfazed by defeat

2011-11-16 13:18

Johannesburg - Head coach Pitso Mosimane said his young side could be forgiven after South Africa went down 2-1 in an international friendly against Zimbabwe in Harare on Tuesday night.

"I am obviously disappointed with the result, but I believe the boys gave a good account of themselves," Mosimane said after the squad returned on Wednesday morning.

"Most of them haven't played together before in the national team."

Mosimane said Bafana Bafana's performance in their last game of the year had given him confidence ahead of the new season.

"I now know what we need to work on going forward," he said.

"It was a good exercise to test these players, to know what we have when [Steven] Pienaar, [Siphiwe] Tshabalala, [Katlego] Mphela and others are not here."

Bradley Grobler, on of two new caps in the team, which was missing most of its senior members, scored in the first half to give the visitors the early lead.

Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Knowledge Musona struck back with a brace in the second half as the hosts snatched victory, but Grobler was pleased with Bafana's performance.

"It was a dream come true for me to walk on the field to play for my country, and scoring a goal was the cherry on top," Grobler said.

"This is something I will cherish for a long time to come.

"Before the match the coach was encouraging us that we have to do our best, and I believe we did, despite losing to Zimbabwe."


  • Mali - 2011-11-16 13:45

    South African soccer is a joke!!!

  • george.traut - 2011-11-16 13:53

    Maybe that's the problem with South African soccer. The head coach is unfazed by a defeat to Zimbabwe! And it's not that we lost. We played badly. It was a very ugly game.

  • Andile - 2011-11-16 14:12

    I Think pitso is a a disgrace,he is becoming good at giving excuses for his failure,last time he was aiming for a draw in order to qualify for afcon.this is a joke

  • nhla.prv - 2011-11-16 15:04

    Unfazed by defeat and scared of winning ! LOL

      Teboho - 2011-11-16 15:34

      pitso is alwyz unfazed.......(he`s salary should b fazed out).......and that will b a learning carve 4 other coaches

  • Claude - 2011-11-16 15:31

    If SA Soccer wishes to improve they need to do something different to what they are doing now from both a player and a coaching perspective. The administration must also play its part and put the emphasis where it needs to be - on Bafana Bafana and player development and not the league.

  • Tony - 2011-11-16 16:29

    Excuses ,Excuses ,Excuses!....To think they got beaten by Zim...

  • Jeff - 2011-11-16 17:08

    Losing against who? Zimbabwe. LoLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.

  • makomichi - 2011-11-17 11:43

    If he is unfazed,surely he does not deserve to be the SA team coach,unfazed after losing.Come on Pitso,every coach should be worried if his team got beaten.He has been scouting players before World Cup,and is still scouting,by the time he finds the right players,it will be too late to make SA qualify for World Cup.Maybe its not his fault is the country which does not have talent.Most players are good at club level,when it comes to International arena,they are a disgrace

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