Pitso sacked as Bafana coach

2012-06-05 07:04

Johannesburg - Pitso Mosimane has been sacked as Bafana Bafana head coach, the SA Football Association (SAFA) confirmed on Tuesday morning.

Assistant coach Steve Komphela would take charge of South Africa's next two matches.

"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.

Bafana drew 1-1 against unfancied Ethiopia in their opening match of the 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifiers in Phokeng, outside Rustenburg, on Sunday.

They face Botswana in another crucial qualifying fixture in Gaborone on Saturday, and they play Gabon in an international friendly in Johannesburg later this month.

Mosimane, 47, signed a four-year contract in July 2010, replacing Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira shortly after the national team was eliminated in the first round of the World Cup in South Africa.

He got off to a superb start, guiding Bafana to six victories and only one defeat in his first nine matches in charge.

The wheels started to come off, however, as they began a lengthy dry run, failing to win any of their last seven games as they struggled to find the back of the net.

Of the 16 matches South Africa played with Mosimane at the helm, they won six, drew seven and lost three.

During his shortened tenure, Bafana failed to qualify for this year's Africa Cup of Nations after team management misinterpreted the rules, assuming they needed to draw their last match, a must-win encounter, to reach the continental showpiece,

Moroka Swallows coach Gordon Igesund has been tipped to take over from Mosimane on a permanent basis.

SAFA said caretaker coach Komphela would address the media at the squad's training camp in Phokeng later on Tuesday morning.

Mosimane’s record as Bafana coach:

South Africa 1 Ghana 0 (friendly international - 11/8/2010)
South Africa 2 Niger 0 (2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier - 4/9/2010)
Sierra Leone 0 South Africa 0 (2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier - 10/10/2010)
South Africa 0 USA 1 (friendly international - 17/11/2010)
South Africa 2 Kenya 0 (friendly international - 9/2/2011)
South Africa 1 Egypt 0 (2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier - 26/3/2011)
Tanzania 0 South Africa 1 (friendly international - 14/5/2011)
Egypt 0 South Africa 0 (2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier - 5/6/2011)
South Africa 3 Burkina Faso 0 (friendly international - 10/8/2011)
Niger 2 South Africa 1 (2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier - 4/9/2011)
South Africa 0 Sierra Leone 0 (2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier - 8/10/2011)
South Africa 1 Ivory Coast 1 [friendly international - 12/11/2011)
Zimbabwe 2 South Africa 1 (friendly international - 15/11/2011)
Equatorial Guinea 0 South Africa 0 (friendly international - 6/1/2012)
South Africa 0 Senegal 0 (friendly international - 29/2/2012)
South Africa 1 Ethiopia 1 (World Cup 2014 qualifier - 3/6/2012)


  • sk.malatsi - 2012-06-05 07:14

    Finally ...Good riddance I say

      Jack - 2012-06-05 08:49

      Question is....why the hell did it take so long? Same can be said for soo many political figures....the country if full and i mean FULL of incompetent people. what a shame.

      Raymond - 2012-06-05 09:35

      At R800 000.00 per month, good riddance.

  • Kebareng - 2012-06-05 07:15

    if thts th truth,gud ridence,thts long overdue,th guy is arrogant nd a motor mouth,dnt no wt SAFA sw in hm in th 1st place.tlk 2 much futbal nd no much less in applying wt hs tlkng abt.

      Michael - 2012-06-05 11:50

      A E I O U

  • Melusi - 2012-06-05 07:16

    Good riddance,Pitso was never a coach he made himself to be,no credentials at all,he two timed the nation,he got arrogant without any results!

  • lunga.swelindawo.9 - 2012-06-05 07:16

    at last.

  • stephen.eriksenmiller - 2012-06-05 07:18

    Isn't it time SAFA employed a real coach? Someone who knows what he is doing. Someone with a proven track record. There are a lot of good coaches in England without work. This ineptitude has gone on too long now. Where is the pride?

      sk.malatsi - 2012-06-05 07:28

      England? we have good local coaches in the PSL ...SAFA just need have an informed choice ...they should re-visit their selection criteria

      Koos - 2012-06-05 07:28

      Die Engelse coaches sal nie die knak van die kabouters vat nie.

      Jonathan - 2012-06-05 07:30

      Gordon Igesund is "a real coach"

      Zimbobwe - 2012-06-05 08:03

      @ steven and what have those coaches achieved with their skop and donner football??? Football played in England is taught in schools and academies, it doesn't come natural. I'd rather have a dutch coach who knows what possesion and skill mean. Remember Ajax Cape Town last year???

      Jonathan - 2012-06-05 08:20

      The fact that they're without work says a lot, doesn't it

      philani.ngcongo2 - 2012-06-05 10:20

      Local is Gordon.

      Zukisani - 2012-06-05 19:30

      what has England won with their "real coaches"? only the 1966 world cup after that nothing else please don't come here with ur nonsense if English coaches were not good for England previously what makes you think they will be good for us? only now do they have an English as a coach after a long time. we need a Spanish coach frm Johan Cruyf's academy with the knowledge of "total football" it will suit the natural south African way of playing perfectly i saw it with sundowns juniors they seem to enjoy it and they work well under it. if you only took time and looked around before criticising everything without any well thought solution

      mazwi.zuma - 2012-06-06 00:49

      Typical. You thing because they are from england they are better. Second rate english coaches are good for SA? You're are either stupid, or you don't give a damn about SA. Don't worry we have Igesund.

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-05 07:18

    What difference does this make. We have had world-cup winners and the results remained the same. At some point we have to admit we have no tqlent. We are nothing special on the global soccer scale, atleast not this generation. Most nations are there to just add up numbers in any sport and in soccer, we are one of those nations. Admitting this to myself has made me a lot more at peace as a SA soccer fan. Their results do not surprise me anymore.

      Koos - 2012-06-05 07:29

      For once I have to agree with you.

      sk.malatsi - 2012-06-05 07:30

      haha ...have faith bro, i got a feeling Igesund will bring change

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-05 07:37

      Define "we", put some deserving people in the national team that are selected based on talent and skill and not the colour of their skin, and you will see what happens. Soccer is currently reserved for blacks only in South Africa and that is the problem.

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-05 08:03

      @Koos I don't even know who you are.\r\n\r\n@Oscar there are always mysterious white players who are victims of racism according to people with chips on their shoulders like yourself, but when asked to prove it, no names ever come up. Half the clubs are owned and coached by whites. Surely they would spot this imaginary racism and do something about it. I want to see white and Indian soccer players too....some of my childhood soccer heroes belonged to those races and the unique physical attributes contributed to a more wholesome soccer team(e.big white physique made great keepers and defenders), but I don't expect them to pop up out of nowhere. I can't even remember the last time I knew of a semi-pro white player who had PSL ambitions.

      Barefoot - 2012-06-05 08:06

      Oscar to correct you the selection is based on which team they play for and how much sponsorship money are they getting. how many white players do we have in our league? please stop complainin just for the sake of complainin

      Zimbobwe - 2012-06-05 08:09

      @carlos oscar.vanriel = troll alert!

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-05 08:34

      Lol from your couch, you see things even experts in the field do not know about. You'd make a top detective

      Zukisani - 2012-06-05 19:45

      @ oscar vanriel Im sure Siya Kolisi feels the same way too when he looks at the bok squad to face England goodness bra diversity in south African context differs frm any other country's context here in SA diversity is about race and culture, and no national team represents SA interms of that more than bafana they have Coloured okes, xhosa, white okes,sotho ,zulu etc which other national team can rival that? since you feel white players are being overlooked here is the 411 chyna somma is injured, pattison hasn't kicked a ball on a regular basis in ages, Surman(Norwich city) doesn't wanna play fr south Africa. Grobler is in some second division in Turkey i think . so which white players do you want to see in our soccer team? i'm interested because those are the only white soccer players we know out here in SA

  • fdalana - 2012-06-05 07:21

    the best thing that has ever happend to south african football lately.

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-05 07:40

      The best thing will be if the current players are replaced by people that can actually play soccer and with soccer I don't mean playing with a tennis ball in the street.

  • nkululeko.gojela - 2012-06-05 07:22

    God bless Gordon Igesund. It's about time.

  • lucky.evans1 - 2012-06-05 07:24

    what are the legal implications on this regard? is he still gonna receive his million salary home for 24months......bafana bafana they are just losers liv Pitso alone

  • Koos - 2012-06-05 07:25

    Safa is net so deurmekaar soos Kersfees kots in 'n tuimeldroeer. Plaas dat hulle hom al gister gefire het? Moes seker eers by hul baas, meneer The Spear gaan hoor het of hy 'n ander job vir Pitso het.

      Koos - 2012-06-05 08:07

      Whatever gives you a hard one. I'm not going anywhere.

      Koos - 2012-06-05 08:07

      Ganon - 2012-06-05 08:27

      Dit sal jou nie help nie, Koos, resentment of anything black. Wit mense het die nasionale soker span ge-coach, en jy is besig om twak te praat, jy is soos a braakie. Most of our heroes were white players who played for both Pirates & Chiefs and we loved them without any reservations. We acknowledged the good players Helenic, Lusitano, Wits, Highlands Park, Cape Town City & so forth (all white dominated clubs) had, we did not discrinimate against them even though we were not allowed to attend rugby games & cricket, we just loved them. Jy is net een van hierdie 'racist' volke, vir my jy praat net k@@k, finish & klaar, but we love you as a human being not as racist. Twak jy kan praat, lekker dag Koos, hoor?

      bfvillet - 2012-06-05 08:40

      move over to the rugby site where this race issue is valid give e few names please we would love to see big strong players be they white or black.

      Koos - 2012-06-05 08:48

      Hey Ganon my broer. My resentment is of anything incompetant. Big difference. Ek like ook vir Chester, Aplon, Ntini en Kolisi. Nie so baie van the beast nie, nie ondat hy swart is nie, omdat hy nie Suid Afrikaans is nie. Om non SA swart mense te gebruik doen niks vir die swart mense van SA nie. Ek sal my beste probeer om nie a racist te wees nie. Lekker dag vir jou ook.

      Koos - 2012-06-05 09:05

      Hy is seker 'n spear aanhanger.

  • Jean - 2012-06-05 07:27

    Took them long enough. I will start supporting our football team when we actual start showing progress and if it means we should skip our local coaches (which has been proven that they can't coach to save their life) then so be it... We did so well when they got that guy from Brazil...

      Ian - 2012-06-05 07:30

      did we really, is that why he quit

      Jean - 2012-06-05 07:35

      Well we did move up in the rankings from 100 and something to 47th and I think we only used the guy for the soccer world cup... Since we went back to local we've only went down again...

      Nkululeko - 2012-06-05 12:51

      @Jean, that guy from Brazil?? Nice joke, I give you a Bell's for your joke. The last time Bafana had a coach was in 1996 with Clive Barker, after that, we started swimming in the pool of darkness.

  • joseph.moabi - 2012-06-05 07:27

    safa must do the right thing and give the job to gordon.

      Dorcus - 2012-06-05 07:42

      I thnk gordon wil help de team,rememba we r left with 2 games,also dis boys should pull up their socks an makes us proud!

  • Ian - 2012-06-05 07:28

    why dont they fire the entire team, it dosent matter who your coach is but if your players do not have the heart and spirit to win (like the banana boys) then whats the point, NEXT

      Shereen Tebogo Malebye - 2012-06-05 07:43

      does this firing business help???

      Koos - 2012-06-05 07:47

      Only if the replacements are WORTHY of their position.

  • Ian - 2012-06-05 07:30

    GAVIN HUNT FOR COACH, oops no whities in the soccer team allowed, sorry

      Kagiso Spat Truthtell - 2012-06-05 07:34

      nxa o setlaela waitse(u r a fool u knw) y bring race into dis u fool. Is Gordon Igesund not white?? I§nt the PSL CEO white and many other coaches in SA are white get over urself...

      peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-06-05 07:41

      Gordon Igesund probably a black person.

      Koos - 2012-06-05 07:49

      Why was Pitso selected and not Hunt? Now that the pawpaw is about to hit the fan the whitey must come to the resque....again? Who was the coach the last time we won CAF?

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-05 07:53

      Huge chip on your shoulder, you are almost falling over. Get some ketchup for it

      neo.khemisi - 2012-06-05 07:56

      Ian I have been following your comments on this forum lately and I can sum them up with 2 words you BITTER RACIST yes you heard me right everything to you blacks this whites that...come man shut up if you don't have nothing to say bastards

      Koos - 2012-06-05 08:09

      Ian, our fellow bretheren don't like to hear the facts.

      Zimbobwe - 2012-06-05 08:12

      @koos Pitso was selected because he was an uderstudy for three years to Alberto Carlos Perreira. It was agreed with SAFA that Pitso will take over after being mentored by Perreira for three years. Perreira is the Brazilian winning coach with the likes of Ronaldo and Romario.

      Zimbobwe - 2012-06-05 08:14

      @koos tell me why is Pierre"butter-fingers-can't-tackle-to-save-my-@ss"Spies is selected ahead of Siya Kolisi???

      Koos - 2012-06-05 08:20

      Zimbo: Some people are not trainable. Sleeping in my car don't make me a mechanic. Ronaldo and Romario had skill and a passion to play for their country. can we say the same about our Bafana?

      Tyrone - 2012-06-05 12:41

      @koos. why is this a race thing? it doesnt mean if we put more white players in the team we will start winning!! Stop bringing race into everything, im tired of reading about 'black this and white that'!!! get over yourself!!

  • cylvesta.tshungu - 2012-06-05 07:33

    the shoes were geting too much bigger 4 him but lets wait n c if ol this was abt the coach.

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-05 07:35

    It would also help if the players pitched up for Practice and were dedicated to their sport. They think once they're on the team it takes no effort to stay there and they can just pitch for matches? There are so many talented players out there. I think they should have trials every year to introduce new players and see if the old ones are still worthy of their position on the team.

      neo.khemisi - 2012-06-05 07:51

      Trials on national teams?? Really??

  • Dennis - 2012-06-05 07:35

    Good now start with the players !!!!

  • franco.beukman - 2012-06-05 07:36

    Its about damn time!!!! Plz get a coach that can bring bafana to the level where we want to watch them play

      malebo.more - 2012-06-05 08:55

      You are so on point Franco. I'll rather watch Cartoon network than watch Bafana play.

  • Kagiso Spat Truthtell - 2012-06-05 07:37

    Gordon Igesund and Gavin Hunt are the best candidates for this job...Pitso's departure is long overdue.

  • wayne.a.wright.12 - 2012-06-05 07:40

    Please lets put Gordon Ingesundt there. He is the only guy for the job:)

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-05 07:40

    If they are insistent on having black players on the rugby team why no white players on the soccer team? Bit unfair if you ask me.. Everybody must be given a fair chance if they're good enough right?

      neo.khemisi - 2012-06-05 07:48

      Pls,pls I'm begging you don't start with race issue pls fed up my eye lids pls I'm begging you and again answering you name any player of white skin who is better player at the moment and I will teLl you blacks rugby player who are good but still I'm begging don't start

      patriotstar - 2012-06-05 07:51

      ja. May be they must give a white coach a chance and it a wrong time to sack a coach real we must win this week but i don't see bafana geting 3 points

      michael.floyd.90 - 2012-06-05 10:28

      @patriotstar - a white coach left 2 years ago to go to back to Brazil and he was earning R2mil a month!

  • patriotstar - 2012-06-05 07:41

    and we go on play 0-0 again

  • phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-06-05 07:43

    maybe they should choose the remaing bulls players... maak AL die bulle bokke...hiehiehie

      michael.floyd.90 - 2012-06-05 10:25

      Djy praat al wee stront!

  • mokgobanama - 2012-06-05 07:43

    It ws long overdue m glad SAFA finally saw it the way we see it. Pitso gone now w need a very good coach. Igesund will do pls

  • gerhard.debruijn - 2012-06-05 07:44

    It seems to me that at the rate bafana changes coaches, it is a career ending move to coach them. They have had many coaches, but they have not achieved anything since 1996. Is it not time to have a look at changing the players and administration. Oh no, I forgot. It is easier to blame the coach than to accept that Sa Football wil NEVER amount to anything.

      Mark - 2012-06-05 09:39

      That's very true man. You know the problem in South Africa, The big bosses do not know soccer but they make big decisions for the national football team. These guys need to find a very good coach (Igesund or Hunt). After that, they must not put him on the spot and not support him with resources, etc. Also they must give him a long time to build the team.

      michael.floyd.90 - 2012-06-05 10:24

      It's ONLY going to cost R24 million to get rid of the jerk!

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-06-05 07:45


      kgwajane.patrick - 2012-06-05 08:04

      modimo o gona p.

  • johannes.modise2 - 2012-06-05 07:46

    Well done Mr Pitso and thanks for all of your effort

      michael.floyd.90 - 2012-06-05 10:23

      His effort? What, in checking his new bank balance of R24 Million added

  • creaturemabanga - 2012-06-05 07:47

    good luck Pitso, it was long overdue.

  • Kevin - 2012-06-05 07:47

    Don't know why it took SAFA so long, what a loser!!!

  • lunga.swelindawo.9 - 2012-06-05 07:47

    Warmer up Gordon,now I suspend my stayawy from Bafana Bafana games.

  • Lesego Maake - 2012-06-05 07:51

    I think it's for the best.

      Peter - 2012-06-05 07:58

      He was suppose to be left long time ago. Each and every game he come with excuses for loosing.

  • johnlubisi.john - 2012-06-05 07:51

    ku rong

  • Ngime - 2012-06-05 07:52

    Pitso never had a plot; he relished on what earlier coaches did for the squad, and crumbled when the team lost steam. The arrogance he displayed earned him no friends either.

  • Thulani - 2012-06-05 07:56

    It's about damn time. R800k a month just to play draws.

  • ssikrweqe - 2012-06-05 07:59

    its about time what took SAFA this long to do this??

  • Rasèdi - 2012-06-05 07:59

    Safa shd hv jst fired Pitso

      michael.floyd.90 - 2012-06-05 10:22

      They just did!

  • Lindo - 2012-06-05 07:59

    It's been a loooooong wait but atleast tables are starting to change, we're not gona miss Pitso.

  • patriotstar - 2012-06-05 07:59

    sacking the coach at this time why not last year when they failed to to to AFCON\r\nthat was the ryt time because the new coach nw will fail us again goin to the world cup in 2014.we need 3 points week end i don't think we will get it fist round is easy 2nd its hard because people have samething already

  • Millos Mpofu - 2012-06-05 07:59

    Thank you SAFA maybe now is the time to form the class of 1996/1998.Not to play blacks only but we want nonracial team in south Africa

      Patrick - 2012-06-05 10:30

      Millos Mpofu is confused.You want to see black and white players in the national team.That is multiracial,not nonracial.Nonracial means that you do not see people in terms of skin color,you would see them south african.If the national players are selected on merit, it would not matter if they are black or white,or how many of each race make what percentage.By this stage we should have moved completely from multiracialism to nonracialism.If when players are selected on merit, a team ends up 100% or 100% white, why should that matter if we have a winning team? Nonracialism is the ability to look beyond race, and look only at nationality.If I am represented by a south african in any sport ,I must feel proud and support the player only because I am a south african.I would like to have a winning south african team, it does not matter what skin color the players are.Basing our judgement on skin color is what holds us back sometimes.The best performing south african coaches in the psl are Gordon and Garvin.Are they less south african than Pitso or Steve?

  • Rasèdi - 2012-06-05 07:59

    Safa shd hv jst fired Pitso

      llozi - 2012-06-05 08:16

      But they just did...dah..

  • Lindo - 2012-06-05 08:00

    It's been a loooooong wait but atleast tables are starting to change, we're not gona miss Pitso.

  • Lindo - 2012-06-05 08:00

    It's been a loooooong wait but atleast tables are starting to change, we're not gona miss Pitso.

  • sadrick.lottering - 2012-06-05 08:01

    That's not enough.

  • Anakin - 2012-06-05 08:02

    WHY is the a headline article? It belongs only in the sports section. Who cares what banana-banana does?

  • Robin - 2012-06-05 08:03

    YES!!! that Pitso was rubbish!!! GAVIN HUNT!!!!

  • attie.snyders - 2012-06-05 08:04

    Pitso I told you to resign, but did not. You see now you are fired. SAFA don't forget about the technical team as well.

  • patriotstar - 2012-06-05 08:04

    also safa must be sacked guy they always fail us

  • Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-06-05 08:05

    now can the whole SAFA management fire themselves please..........firing the coach is not going to solve anything. lazy players.

  • moses.zondi - 2012-06-05 08:05

    Good ridden to bad rubbish...this should have happened a long - time ago.....SAFA operates like our government I tell you....

  • kleinbooil - 2012-06-05 08:06

    Pitso did nt do well, but firing him now does nt solve anything wat it does is just 2 save face 4 SAFA wit deir incompetence. are they gona fire coaches Each and every time there is a campaign hw disappointing, psl is a flop, our development division are nt supported by anyone nor are they taken srs by any teams in da psl and SAFa has done nothing 2 solve this nw dey expect 2 just qualify 4 da world cup dream on losers who are led by nematandani who bacame president by luck #sis