Phali: Bafana need patience

2012-06-04 12:11

Johannesburg - Jomo Cosmos goalkeeper Avril Phali has called for patience in the Bafana Bafana camp, despite yet another disappointing outcome following their 1-1 draw against Ethiopia in their opening 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

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Katlego Mphela managed to secure a point for Bafana by netting his 23rd goal in 46 appearances, after having gone 1-0 down in the 28th minute after a brilliant strike by Salahdin Said Ahmed.

The result marked South Africa's seventh successive match without victory, but Phali feels the results will eventually start coming for Pitso Mosimane's men.

"To be honest, I think Bafana played a good brand of football and showed good character to get the goal back," he told Football411.

"Ethiopia made things difficult for us because they parked the bus and tried to catch us on the counter but we were able to contain them.

"Yes, I know there were times where we could have scored but you know how football is sometimes, I think 'Lady Luck' is still not with us but we just need to remain patient."

Phali also voiced his opinion on Moeneeb Josephs's decision to retire from international football, stating the Orlando Pirates shot-stopper's services are still in high demand in the national team.

"I've been trying to reach him on his mobile but my tries went in vein. Comprehending the importance of family, I can bear with him on that one. Moeneeb is doing well for Pirates, he is a great, experienced goalkeeper and as a country, we need to be honest with ourselves because we really need him," Phali continued.

"After Itu (Khune suffers an injury or suspension) what will happen? Do we have a goalkeeper with so much international experience and great abilities to replace him? I don't think so.

"Looking at guys like Benni McCarthy, Sibusiso Zuma and Siyabonga Nomvethe, those guys are older than me and they are still going strong, I'm encouraged and challenged to go even further."

Looking to his own personal performances for Ezenkosi, Phali added: "With us goalkeepers, you just need to keep pushing the wheel-barrow and your career shall never end, instead with age you grow wiser, the better and more matured.

"Hence I'm saying I'm looking at yet gaining promotion back to the PSL with Jomo Cosmos and still playing for many more years. In the meantime somebody needs to speak to Moeneeb because he is still needed."

Bafana Bafana will travel to Botswana this coming Saturday for their second encounter of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.


  • thuphac.mokoena - 2012-06-04 12:26

    Phali, the next thing you will be asking Cosmos supporters to have patience with your team! Enough is enough. Must we always only qualify when we are the hosts? I say, lets get Gordon as the man to take us to Brazil.

      lunga.swelindawo.9 - 2012-06-04 13:16

      Real, Gordon is the answer

      Martin - 2012-06-04 13:35

      Football in south africa needs a complete overhaul.instead of wasting money all the time,set up a national football academy where the best players get sent from an early age to be educated and properly trained.But that will never happen because football in south africa is being run by greedy people who don't give a damn about the game.The more money orlando pirates and chiefs can make their owners they couldn't give a damn about the national team. We need clubs that are interested in helping the national team develope,not only thinking of money they can get when a player leaves for overseas.Its ridiculous to hear the same excuses after every game,pitso is an idiot who is not even worth being in the same company as gordon igesund.

  • Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-06-04 12:38

    With current coach, Bafana Bafana will start winning when Jomo cosmos win the PSL

  • Bam - 2012-06-04 12:48

    he just want to be in pitso's good books. they had enough chances. a draw in NOT a win. losing by 1 goal is NOT a win. STOP this mentality.

  • Ziggamann - 2012-06-04 12:56

    why are we waiting so long for safa's decision? Pitso must have been fired already.

  • Vincent - 2012-06-04 13:43

    Look who's talking? Phali voetsek!

  • tsietsi.koza - 2012-06-04 15:12

    The team has been given enuf time, its time to deliver thy owe us as a nation. Pitso focus on gtg positive results nd stop blaming SAFA nd do ur Job or just resign before being fired.

  • Boyce - 2012-06-04 17:09

    Ooooooh! Just listen who is talking! A looooser of all times! He wants us to celebrate mediocrity. No wonder Cosmos is a yoyo team...with a captain like this! Don't even think of comparing\r\n yourself with Bhele and Benni! Please...The less said about Phali the better! Now we must listen to crap.

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