Pitso: I do feel the pressure

2011-11-22 15:00

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane has admitted there was tremendous pressure in coaching Bafana Bafana but urged his detractors to also "give credit where it’s due".

Following Bafana’s failure to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, there has been growing calls for Mosimane to be shown the door. Mosimane for his part said he was not surprised or even perturbed by such calls.

“I take it positively. If I don’t want to be criticised I shouldn’t be coach of Bafana Bafana,” said Mosimane. “What is happening to me is common in SA. It happened to Screamer (Tshabalala), it happened to Shakes (Mashaba) when he was coach of Bafana, it happened to Clive Barker after winning Africa Cup of Nations and six months after that he was taken out.”

“One day I will also be counted as a former Bafana coach. It’s football, we understand and for me it’s a challenge that I wanted to be a Bafana coach. South Africa had never beaten Ghana and Egypt here but we did that and made history. Against Ivory Coast we were never given a chance but we nearly beat them.

“Yes there pressure in football. I do feel the pressure. For me the worrying thing is the wrong perception created as people cloud our performance because of rule 14.1 that took us out. Suddenly they think Bafana is no longer good – it’s the same team.

“Sure there’s pressure. You cannot coach Bafana and there’s no pressure. You can’t coach Pirates and there’s no pressure and you can’t coach Chiefs and there no pressure. But with Bafana there's 46 million coaches,” said Mosimane.


  • George - 2011-11-22 15:35

    The problem with Pisto is that he tries to stick to players with no form such as Teko Modise etc. Remember how he stuck to his friend Aaron Mokoena for no apparent reason. He does not give deserving guys are chance. Another mistake Pitso makes is that failing to instill a sense of urgency in the squad. remember when he lost the african qualifying in nelspruit, the guys just took it easy and disapointed us.

  • David - 2011-11-22 16:46

    I can imagine that pressure is brought about by lack of goals and if am right, maybe Pitso should try Bennie and Nomvete. Both players are experienced and are banging in goals for their respective clubs. I advanced a case for their inclusion in the national squad last week, maybe the couch should look at if he wants to save his skin otherwise he will be another statistics.

  • Tokollo - 2011-11-23 08:39

    Come on Pitso, Beating Ghana and almost beating Ivory Coast means nothing. Our football at national level is a joke and until you and the entire SAFA fat cakes start to realise the need to take each and every qualification tournament serious we will continue considering friendly match as real tests while dancing and celebrating for not qualifying. The entire Bafana administration clearly shows their lack and understanding of the beautiful game.... This is a very sad state!

  • trevor.charles3 - 2011-11-23 08:52

    Pitso is a qualified coach with a coaching degree, he will easily get coaching jobs overseas

  • Lundi - 2011-11-24 11:25

    Pitso dont tell us about beating ghana and almost beating Ivory cos they were friendlies, my concern is the type of mentality you are instilling in our palyers.Drawing 0-0 at HOME is a win AND NEED TO BE CELEBRATED.What a disgrace such loosers at heart! You did not improved from where Peirera left of , you are actully becoming worse with your Santana tactics of using one striker, two defensive mildfielders and no sense of urgency from our Boys. YOU ARE JUST LUCK COZ WE HAVE BEEN BAD RECORD OF FIRING COACHES AND WE WANT TO BUILD ON SOMETHING, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FIRED FINISH. PPL LIKE YOU MAKE IT TO BE OK TO PLAY FOR GROUP STAGES.....If we cannot compete lets withdraw and redirect the funds to better course than playing for fourth or fifth place everytime we compete.

  • marks.sandi - 2011-12-13 21:42

    Pitso you must get your facts right. Bafana defeated Ghana 3-0 on their way to lift the cup of nations in 1996. I am with those people who are calling for your head, you have failed as a coach, no doubt about it. SAFA must show you the exit door or risk not to qualify for Brazil 2014.

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