Pitso: Transfer talk a concern

2010-08-30 07:08

Johannesburg - Pitso Mosimane has admitted he is concerned that his Bafana Bafana stars will lack focus due to ongoing speculation over their futures.

This week Mosimane takes charge of his first competitive game since Carlos Alberto Parreira's departure when South Africa host Niger in a must-win African Cup of Nations qualifier.

But some members of his squad are embroiled in disputes with their clubs while others still have their minds on securing lucrative moves to bigger clubs.

The 2010 World Cup put many South African players in the shop window, with European clubs expressing an interest in the likes of Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bongani Khumalo, Siboniso Gaxa and Katlego Mphela.

'Shabba' seems likely to stay in the country after Kaizer Chiefs hung a "not for sale" sign around the winger's neck but Khumalo, who recently had a trial with Tottenham Hotspur, and Gaxa could still complete overseas transfers before the transfer window closes.

Gent and Lierse are both trailing Gaxa while Mphela has been linked with a possible move to Russia and Britain.

Meanwhile, Siyabonga Sangweni has refused to train since Chiefs baulked at Golden Arrows' asking price of R5m. And his coach Zoran Filipovic recently told the media that the defender's physical condition is poor, casting doubt over his relevance in the Bafana squad.

Like Sangweni, Gaxa has also boycotted training sessions at Mamelodi Sundowns because he believes the Brazilians are pricing him out of the market.

And Mosimane has been keeping a hawkish eye on these stories as all of the key characters are crucial cogs in the Bafana Bafana machine.

"There is no guarantee that the players we select are in the right frame of mind because they are busy sorting out their futures," Mosimane told The Times.

"We have a challenge. You have to take into consideration the situation of players such as Bongani Khumalo, Siyabonga Sangweni, Siboniso Gaxa and Katlego Mphela.

"We need them in the right frame of mind for the match. I am happy that Thanduyise Khuboni is settled after extending his contract with Golden Arrows," added Mosimane.

'Jingles' has advised some players to forget their Euro dreams for now and put their efforts into impressing in the Premier Soccer League.

"After the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations many Bafana players went overseas and expect the same after the World Cup," he said.

"Those players who did not get overseas contracts must just hang in there and focus on doing well for their local clubs."


  • DJXcie - 2010-08-30 07:42

    Pitso, I wish you the best with who ever on the field for Bafana. There is only one thing I do not understand completely with coughes if they are on friendly games, to use almost 18 players in 90mins by having seven changes. Please Pitso why don't you do it defferently, play with your 11 players, and only do a forced changes and on the next game use other players or with some yuo played last friendly. Because at the moment how can you judge the ability, fitness and the recovery of the players in 30 or 45mins on the field. Here come games like African Cup, will you play with 18 players? But you expert you players to give you more whereas they didn,t practice that together as a team. Once again I wish you the best, good luck Pitso.

  • JEFF - 2010-08-30 13:03

    dear jingles pitso im a referee hoping to do coaching coarse inthe near future but what makes a good coach? good palyers or good tactics? why some teams refuse to realise thier players caklled for national duty?

  • TUMELO - 2010-08-31 11:55

    all the pest pitso i know you will win that game and just be your self gud luck

  • SEKEPE SEJA EMMANUEL - 2010-08-31 17:54

    Pitso,we wish you all the best may the spirit of GOD bless you,you will win this game.We know you gained exprience from Parera,and also you are so talented to football,show us the mzanzi football,even our prisident i think he is wishing you goodluck and tate wa rona DR NELSON MANDELA.I think you PITSO YOU ARE STILL FEELING IT ,IT WAS HERE WORLD CUP,Just get three point and forget about Niger,SERIOUSLY YOU WILL WIN,Thank you.

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