Pitso: Bafana future is bright

2011-08-12 10:36

ohannesburg - Pitso Mosimane is excited about the future of Bafana after seeing Thulani Serero and Daylon Claasen shine against Burkina Faso on Wednesday night.

With captain Steven Pienaar and fellow midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane injured, it gave Mosimane the perfect opportunity to test a number of his younger players.

Also coming to the party were Andile Jali and Thanduyise Khuboni who were outstanding in the centre of the park.

Mosimane is already preparing his side for Brazil 2014 where the bulk of the squad could be made up of the current under 23 team and if Wednesday's assured performance is anything to go by, admittedly against a disrupted opposition, then the future is bright.

The coach said: "We need more players like Thulani and Daylon. That is my plan for the next four or five years.

"We usually have Pienaar to provide those defence-splitting passes for Katlego Mphela to convert, but we didn't have him against Burkina Faso. We are not going to have his services for the next two matches and that is where Serero comes in. The future looks good for this Bafana team.

"I was happy with the way we held on to the ball using Claasen and Serero. I had to pull Serero out later in the match because he struggles with hamstrings, but you can see there's something special about him.

"He [Jali] plays week in week out for Pirates and was their player of the season. His fitness level can never be questioned, because on the international stage I can play him anywhere in midfield."

Mosimane did, however, reveal that he is concerned about the fitness of a number of his squad, while Pienaar, who has already undergone surgery on his injured groin, will not be available for the team's next two Nations Cup qualifiers against Niger and Sierra Leone

"As far as I'm concerned he (Pienaar) is a 'write off' for these next two games. And I'm worried about (another injured midfielder) Reneilwe Letsholonyane at the moment.

"You could see that some of my players were not match fit, Tsepo (Masilela) has been training with the Moroka Swallows reserves as he sorts his future.

"I'm trying to broker a deal with the PSL and the clubs with about 17 days to go because I need to get the players match fit.

"I don't know how yet because you have to be careful in not interfering with the clubs and their players.

"I will see. but I am very worried."


  • farmworker - 2011-08-12 11:29

    Pitso you are one selfish guy. I learned that you have been given the full power to appoint an assistant coach but instead of choosing the local man you continued with the Brazil assistance, and for that I would be one of the first one to call for your head if bafana bafana fails

      wandilec - 2011-08-12 13:31

      no football comment just another political comment? like really now cant we be happy the boys are doing something positive like uniting the Nation through sport??????

  • Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-12 11:30

    Pitsa, the future is bright because you are getting a free ride from the local soccer media. Mediocrity praised by sycophantic soccer scribes is pathetic. And by the way, WHY DON'T YOU PICK GLEN SALMON? hmmm, I wonder

      mz.maseko - 2011-08-12 11:41

      Is Obama Bin Laden still alive????

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-12 11:42

      oBama, not oSama

      McDaNife - 2011-08-12 12:19

      This Pitso idiot is back at it again.

      Lunga - 2011-08-12 12:27

      Glen Salmon? Really? Wow, brush up on your football, son.

      PSquare - 2011-08-12 12:29

      Glen Salmon is not even good enough to start a match at his own club. Clearly, you are not following local football otherwise you would know that he starts on the bench at Supersport and is plagued by chronic injuries. The man is old and when he was younger he was picked for the national team.

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-12 12:34

      Glen Salmon should be made captain and player-coach of the national football team. He is not old. He is a legend, he just needed a breather after ruling the playing fields for such a long time. Why is our national football team not more representative of SA? Where are the whites and indians?

      PSquare - 2011-08-12 12:40

      We have Davide Somma and Wayne Sandilands that are white. The Indians - well I don't know any that plays football. Do you perhaps know any Indian that can be picked for Bafana?

      Lunga - 2011-08-12 12:48

      I don't know how you can call a striker who score 25 goals in 5 years a legend... Wait... Glen, is that you?

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-12 13:16

      That Indian guy from Isidingo plays soccer. We can pick him in the name of transformation

      ramaupi.arnold - 2011-08-12 17:04

      do you really expect pitso to select an old man, our squad is doing great

  • ikey_tiger - 2011-08-12 12:50

    To be brutally honest, we haven'r really been tested against a good team since playing USA. Egypt are not playing like they used to due to troubles in their country, and the other teams we beat are really not something to brag about. That said though, for the first time in long we are starting to build good momentum. We are getting the wins and draws when we need them. Like a good boxer, its good for a team to gain confidence. I really hope the momentum will last. If it does, I really fancy our chances in the AFCON. GO BAFANA GO

      Francois - 2011-08-12 12:59

      My word I nearly fell off my chair. A constructive and positive comment on a News24 thread. What's next? A ban on the racist bile that is normally spewed here?

      PSquare - 2011-08-12 13:06

      Actually, in the past two years we have played Brazil, Spain, France, Serbia, Portugal, Germany, Bulgaria, Columbia, Uruguay, Mexico. We lost most of those games but we have improved as a result of those losses. This is time for us to improve our rankings by beating fellow African teams. This will ensure that we are have a higher ranking come WC 2014 in order to avoid being in a group of death again. Look at England...they are now ranked higher that Portugal, Italy and Argentina but I don't remember them beating anyone of note.

  • Annoy - 2011-08-12 14:24

    Pitso soon your time will be up enjoy while the going are good

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