Pitso: Pienaar must chip in

2012-06-01 10:45

Johannesburg - South Africa coach Pitso Mosimane expects the likes of Steven Pienaar to shoulder the scoring burden against Ethiopia at the weekend.

Bafana Bafana, who netted a paltry four times in a failed 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign, will host the Black Lions in a 2014 World Cup qualifier in Rustenburg on Sunday.

Sundowns striker Katlego Mphela and Moroka Swallows veteran Siyabonga Nomvethe are expected to start up front at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, with national skipper Pienaar typically the chief creator in midfield.

Mosimane, however, hopes his skipper can also contribute with goals, as he did for Everton in the tail end of the Premier League season.

"We need everyone to come to the party and convert the chances," Mosimane said in the Sowetan.

"The responsibility does not just fall on Bhele (Nomvethe) and Katlego Mphela.

"Steven Pienaar has also now just been doing it for his club (Everton) and his game has changed slightly and that is positive for us."

Mosimane added that Bafana have moved on from their 2012 AFCON disappointment, with the team set to clash with Botswana in another World Cup qualifier in Gaborone on June 9.

"We have dealt with the past and have our focus back in the team," said Mosimane

"From when I signed the papers to coach this team I knew what I was getting myself into. It's part of the package.

"To win the two games is crucial for us on the road to Brazil 2014."


  • david.lebethe - 2012-06-01 11:22

    Pitso must not lay emphasis on Pienaar for results. He should work on the team as a whole. I fear that when he looks at Pienaar to score goals, he will fall in the same trap he did on Mphela. If he works on the team, goals are likely to come from unexpected quaters. Looks at Pirates for instance, for the past two seasons, defenders have carried the team to glorious days. It is through the contribution of the likes of Lekgwathi and Sangweni, that the team challenged for the lhonours and finally won the league. With teams like Pirates, one would never know who will score. As such it is difficult to plan for such a team. I think it is the strategy that Mosimane should adopt. I mean all players know their responsibility - not just to make an appearance for a national team but to win the games. Now to usurp such a responsibility and give it to others, is killing a team spirit.

  • Geoff - 2012-06-01 11:35

    What odds on a goalless draw?

  • Maswazi - 2012-06-01 13:28

    Just what thought Mphela will be on the starting eleven huh Pitso. I pray that we fail to qualify for the AFCON nd World Cup so that Pitso will be Fired. Why do we have First nd Second choice players in SA? I think to be called a second or Third choice it killed the player emotionally . Look at it South Africa and tell me what you see coz I see disaster !!

  • Tlhoaele Mongetane - 2012-06-01 14:47

    I wonder wat will be an excuse if bafana looses,pitso has not done anything since he took over except mediocracy we have become the palookas our rankings have not improved.safa made s mess now they must deal with it.i won't b surprised if we loose.i don't knw hw do u justify the inclusion of khumalo

  • James - 2012-06-01 16:40

    Pienaar is a class act. Pitso is not and the locals are pretty average. There some good locals that aren't in the squad. I hope that the team performs well against Ethiopia and puts six past them.

  • hradebe - 2012-06-02 10:58

    Pitso we're with u brother, just deliver. i'm very positive that we're gonna win consecutive games

  • Amos - 2012-06-04 08:44

    pitso is not man to be to lead bafana bafana he failed alread what more do you expect from him rather to quite,he is a loser.

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