Pitso wants to meet with SAFA

2012-06-07 16:30

Johannesburg - Former Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane is "seeking to meet" with the SA Football Association (SAFA) to find an amicable solution following his dismissal, his lawyer said on Thursday.

"The labour process was started with SAFA on Monday and accordingly Mr Mosimane is seeking to meet with SAFA in an attempt to resolve the issues," Rod Harper, of Cowan Harper Attorneys, said in a statement.

Harper said he could confirm that Mosimane was "exercising his right to fair labour practices in terms of the Constitution and the Labour Relations Act".

"It is our client's wish that the issue be resolved as amicably and speedily as possible in the best interests of football. Until that time he will not be in a position to comment directly on any of the issues being highlighted," said Harper.

SAFA dismissed Mosimane as national team coach on Tuesday after their 1-1 draw against lowly Ethiopia in Rustenburg on Sunday.

"Both parties [Mosimane and SAFA] agreed to part ways amicably in the best interests of both the country and the national team," SAFA said in a statement.

The result against Ethiopia gave Bafana a seven-game winless streak.

"Drawing in the last 15 minutes of the game [against Ethiopia] made us realise we had to act now," SAFA said.

Mosimane on Wednesday threatened a lawsuit against SAFA for unfair and unlawful dismissal.


  • David - 2012-06-07 16:49

    Pitso has not come to the party. You should take the money and run. Tell me why you feel you deserve it, please not on performance

  • Alan - 2012-06-07 16:55

    Heck, this guy has achieved virtually nothing, is apparently getting a R5 million golden handshake, and yet he's still moaning? Absolutely he should take the money and run, otherwise it will be gobbled up by lawyers' fees.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-06-07 17:09

    Normally in moderm football, performance clause is part of contract for most coaches. If indeed it was like I suspect to be, then, the lawsuit is set to fail. If indeed the reports are correct that Pitso was to take Bafana-Bafana to Afcon in 2011 and he failed, then, there is no need for the lawsuit. And if indeed one of the revised mandates (as I can imagine that there must have been performance review/appraissal) was that Pitso must win at least three games in the World Cup campaign, starting with a game against Ethopia, then, the coach failed. I mean the man carried Bafana to seven winless streak before he was made to walk the plank and everytime there is an excuse. As a national coach, one would assume that the man is highly qualified as Schedule 8, Item 3 of Code of Good Practice of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 would not apply. Also based on many decision under the circumstances, Pitso and his lawyer would not succeed. In fact, I advise him to take up my argument with his attorney, whom am prepared to share my knowledge about labour law with (free of charge).

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-06-07 17:22

    Pitso pls don't waist your money by challenging SAFA.We know you've got money and it's too much bcoz you were not earning peanuts

  • Tsietsi - 2012-06-07 17:27

    Greedy and arrogant. Pitso at his best.

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-06-07 17:30

    Hayyi cha give this guy a bells after all the under performance by the team under his reign he still maintains his dismissal as being unfair,mtshana if u gonna go through with this lawsuit history is gonna judge u harsh

  • BlaqDrumz - 2012-06-07 17:33

    unfair dismissal? is he saying he was doing a gud job?

      letlhogonolo.selebalo - 2012-06-08 11:27

      i lyk ur comment-i woke up completely because of it

  • lanre.beckley.9 - 2012-06-07 17:38

    Only in South Africa things like this crap happens, Ghana' coach was fired, Ivory coast coach was fired, senegal, nigeria too numerous to mention coaches has been booted out, these are even coach that took various national soccer teams to Afcon except nigeria's coach, they all fired for not meeting expectations and pot headed Pitso says he was unfairly dismissed, ag please can sumbody tell this man to grow up asblief, he failed and was fired, kapish! End of borin stories about vision 2014 wen his vision 2011/12 gift to banana banana is a micheal jackson moves on soccer field for his players! That man needs a brain check seriously!

  • joemols - 2012-06-07 17:41

    Update your CV and stop wasting our time,you were paid with taxpayers money,and they have spoken! Give up the munity boss!

  • rati.sibam - 2012-06-07 17:49

    Mr pitso mosimane did u really think tht u were gonna stay after such a long time with out no success come on man

      Jaycee Adams - 2012-06-07 20:48

      if Pitso has kids i feel so sorry for them thier father must be the dumbest 3rd dumbest person on de continent after Mugabe n Malima

  • dieudonne.ngoma - 2012-06-07 18:15

    Pitso, you failed this country, the best thing to do is to accept the SAFA's decision and move on. In your place I would refuse to take the "extra" R5 millions since you don't deserve a single cent. The breach of the contract and trust was caused by you and your team. The entire Bafana technical team should GO!

  • Jason - 2012-06-07 18:49

    Revoke the golden handshake and send him packing based on non-performance of his contract. Surely there is a performance clause??

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-06-07 19:12

    Ey bo Pitso la wa rata makgowa a babuelledi tlheng,thats y bago kobile ga o na mosola sago ke go balabala fela.

  • George - 2012-06-07 20:14

    Gety Pitso off and do your country a Favour !

  • isaac.kgagodi - 2012-06-07 20:26

    I think u must accept the terms cuz is'nt only u the international santana,stuart,carlos q not complain without gud result.mzanzi fosho

  • mbekiseni.ndlangamandla - 2012-06-07 22:15

    Pitso was given enough chance to prove himself, don't be selfish ndoda. Give others a chance we want to see Bafana Bafana qualifying for World Cup. Pitso you are acting like Politicians you want to be in Power forever. Please Pitso just let it go you blow out your chance.

  • Dr.Aziz - 2012-06-07 23:03

    I am sure Comrade / Cadre Pitso Mosimane has NO Performance Clause in his Contract !! He "earned" almost R1M per month and took Bafana Bafana further down the tubes and now thinks he should get more than the R5M pasella SAFA so gratiously giving him ! Arrogant and greedy !

  • Simiso Linda - 2012-06-07 23:14

    Unfair dismissal is when u were winning all the games & get fired... This is different case.

  • Tito - 2012-06-08 08:34

    Where is the sports minister in all this. Normally he is very vocal on sporting issues, and is in the front line to offer criticism. His absence/silence is conspicuous, or does his normally high standards not extend to SAFA. Just asking!

  • Zbonger - 2012-06-08 14:04

    Coaches get fired every now and then, I dont know what is wrong with Pitso.

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