Pitso stamps his authority

2010-09-08 12:38

Johannesburg - Newly appointed Bafana Bafana head coach Pitso Mosimane started revolutionising the development of soccer in South Africa.

Mosimane is the first national head coach to put his money where his mouth is and start employing his own coaches.

Mosimane on Wednesday outlined a three-point plan to kick start development at playing and coaching levels.

His plan is:

- to create a pool of coaches for the Premier Soccer League – 10 within the next three years. He has enrolled two coaches former Bafana star Maimane Phiri and Caesar Mapala (at his own expense) in this far-reaching project; and to: - empower regional coaches to develop and unearth new talent for Bafana And develop soccer at high schools throughout the country.

Mosimane, who was appointed to replace Brazilian World Cup winner Carlos Alberto Parreira last month after the World Cup final,s knows where the major problem in South Africa soccer lies – grassroots development of coaches and players.

There is a chronic lack of development with players at schools and coaching at regional levels. But Mosimane also believes in grooming coaches for the Premier Soccer League.

His ideas are a welcome breath of fresh air and are already being implemented. He has the full support of SAFA and SAFA’s technical director Serame Letsoaka.

Mosimane has made a bright start after taking Bafana to the Randburg Hoerskool (a traditional rugby playing school) to prepare for their 2012 African Nations Cup qualifier against Niger played in Nelspruit at the weekend. Bafana triumphed 2-0.

“The response from the kids was overwhelming. I signed up 80 of which 45 were girls to play soccer. What I did was go out and hire a coach for the school at my expense," said Mosimane.

“With privileged schools we need to take coaches to them while underprivileged schools need equipment. With the privileged schools we score double because once we get the kids interested we also involve their parents. We saw a lot of people (Whites) who never attended PSL matches go and watch the World Cup and Confederations Cup (in 2009). " We need to keep that interest going and attract them to Bafana matches and one way is through the schools.”

Mosimane said he intends to leave his footprint when his four-year contract with the SA Football Association ends in 2014 after the World Cup finals in Brazil.

“I have paid my dues as a player and coach and now I want to do something positive by leaving a legacy when my term as national coach ends. I believe that a Bafana coach’s job is not just about coaching the players to play in the World Cup and African Nations Cup.

" I have a different vision as to how a national coach should operate. I have a social responsibility to put as much back into the game. I have studied soccer at all levels and want to contribute and impart my knowledge to help grow and develop the talent that is dormant in our country.”

Kagiso-born Mosimane has all the right credentials. His appointment as Bafana head coach was long overdue. The former Bafana midfielder has SAFA level 2 and a FIFA Futuro Level 1 and 2 coaching badges. He was awarded his UEFA coaching Licence by the German Football Federation.

He also has a certificate in sports science and studied sports management.

“I have studied hard since becoming a youth coach at Mamelodi Sundowns in 1998,” said Mosimane.

But it was former Jomo Cosmos and SuperSport United coach Roy Matthews who gave Mosimane his big coaching break: “Roy believed in me. But it was not an easy road.” Mosimane has already started working with the SAFA regional coaches whose responsibility will be to unearth raw talent for the national under-17, 20, 23 and Bafana sides.

Said Mosimane: “I need to empower those coaches to find players like Daine Klate, Siboniso Gaxa, Kermit Erasmus, Steven Pienaar and Teko Modise. It takes hard work but I am ready to roll up my sleeves and do what ever it takes. It is my project and I aim to have a healthy set up when I finish in 2014.

“I want to help not just players but coaches to avoid the pitfalls that befell me. There is no easy road but there are smarter ones than I took. I believe we have tremendous untapped talent. South Africa can be a powerhouse once again in the not too distant future and I want to play my part in getting us there.”


  • Tieho - 2010-09-08 12:51

    cant fault any of your ideas and plans coach my coach...however just a humble national request, could you please DROP mokoena and hand Khumalo the arm band and part of the new 2014 focused generation. the road looks bight with you in charge from all soccer levels in our country!

  • louwrens - 2010-09-08 13:00

    would be nice, my boy is in a traditional white school, and their is a lot of boys who now want to play soccer, problem is we have no coaches and technical support. the soccer body`s will have to come to the party with coaches and league`s. we will help but we need the know how. i hope this is not jus a lot of talk again

  • Gambler - 2010-09-08 13:02

    Thumbs up, step in the right direction.

  • Cape Town - 2010-09-08 13:02

    Well done coach, Truth be told, You laid a very strong foundation @ Supersport way before Gavin Hunt and I am expecting even more as a national coach!! I hope SAFA exec will learn a thing or two from your vision, They should have done this a very long time ago! I will support this initiative by attending when available any match within my community. God Bless

  • dlala - 2010-09-08 13:03

    Can't agree more with Pitso or Tieho. As a high school teacher and soccer coach I have seen that the interest from the kids is there. they need proper coaching in order to encourage further development. SAFA needs to employ proper (independent)scouts to go and watch 1st team games, and put together strong junior provincial squads.The school system in this country has benefitted rugby and cricket. We need something like a craven/coke week for soccer in order to make it high profile. Mbazo should have got the axe ages ago, Bongani is our man!

  • Thokozani - 2010-09-08 13:05

    Great stuff. I hope all his ambitions come to fruition and that development does indeed get the kick it needs. If that is the case, we can look forward to a very competitive national side in decades to come,

  • Jim Bob - 2010-09-08 13:22

    And good luck to Sir. This is fantastic. May the authorities actually back you and not just pay this kind of initiative lip service.

  • Robert - 2010-09-08 13:45

    Really great Mr Mosimane! I think you are the right man to take us to victory in 2012 and to put up a strong fight in Brazil!!!

  • djleroux - 2010-09-08 14:13

    want to wish you all the best and wish/request that you can please give some attention to the EASTERN CAPE -EAST LONDON AND SERROUNDING RURRAL arears from junior to senior developement leagues aswell as the schools. VIVA COACH MOSIMANE VIVA

  • VUKA - 2010-09-08 14:27

    Please pick Mathew Patterson for Bafana Bafana. Please Please!

  • samkelo - 2010-09-08 14:34

    i think Mr Mosimane have a point,our country have a lot of young talents who need to be outsourced example the former under 12 captain who won the Denon cup in France ,that guy his talented he needs to be introduced to the squad! his carrently base in Holland and his doing good that side!! but what is killing is where is the rest of the under 12 players?????

  • Poloyatonki - 2010-09-08 14:34

    Pitso… I salute you. Keep it up

  • Koos - 2010-09-08 14:40

    Excellent coach, we have a rugby playing population not a fifth of the soccer playing one, and we have taken two World Cups there. It is all about development and we can be the greatest Soccer Nation. Your personal commitment has already made a bigger impact than any of the lip-service previously. Thank you and all of the best!

  • Reka - 2010-09-08 14:42

    This is the first positive thing I've heard of involving S.A Soccer in over a decade. Why not set up a platform like the Lead S.A or Greater Good S.A platforms where ordinary citizens who are willing and able to help can find the outlet for their positive intentions. Even if it's training 5 year olds in the township?

  • Su Quinn - 2010-09-08 14:55

    I salute you Mr Pitso. Coaching a national sports side is ALWAYS going to be frought with criticism and very little praise. I dont need to praise you, your two recent victories speak for themselves. Your passion & devotion to our team will show results. You know your players & their strengths and weaknesses and I have confidence that you will use the right players at the right time. I think Mr Mokoena is a fantastic player. I do however wonder what has happened to Keegan Ritchie. Viva Pitso.

  • Rathogwa Fulufhedzani - 2010-09-08 15:03

    i think safa made a right thing of appointing pitso, we need a coach of that calibre, pitso keep it up

  • Casper Smith - 2010-09-08 15:06

    Great initiative by the national coach. Big steps like these have a far-reaching impact on nation building, and this one hit the right note with even the Poloyatonki's agreeing with all

  • Fabregas Thabethe - 2010-09-08 15:17

    Finally, someone who understands the urgency of the need for South Africa to start developing football at grass root level. Safa and the government must take a leaf out of Pitso's book and acknowledge and viably support initiatives like this one in whatever means. South African rugby has successfully employed this model of development, the results of which are there for everyone to see (without De Villiers, ofcourse). Kudos to Pitso, for even going as further as using his own cash to improve a national situation (Parreira took his loot to Brazil).

  • lolo - 2010-09-08 15:33

    Great stuff Mr. mosimane. I hope the powers that be support you. If you manage to pull this off. Our players will no longer be desparate to play overseas anymore, as we will have one of the toughest leagues in the world.

  • NIGEL FROM RANDBURG - 2010-09-08 15:35

    Well done - long overdue. We are proud of you and will support where we can.

  • TheG@me! - 2010-09-08 15:44

    Pitso is doing what the SAFA fat cats have failed to do since the days of the NSL. He is truely someone we need as a soccer loving nation. The youth has a future in soccer with this guy in charge...

  • Victor - 2010-09-08 15:55

    Pitso for presedent! this is real leadership. I KNOW you will get us to the world cup and beyond the first group-stages evan till semi-finals with development like this!

  • micheleb - 2010-09-08 15:55

    Fantastic!! We are very proud to have you coaching Bafana and we all wish you well.

  • Khaya ka Menziwa - 2010-09-08 17:50

    When they speak about a visionary leader/idealist and initiator but also an implementor they talk about this guy. This is very rare in our lifetime, to get a leader who actually takes out money out of his pocket to implement his own idea even though there are structures to actually do this for him. We're so used to power mongers and greedy pigs who do nothing for this country but only to feed their families and put away money for when they retire. I WILL ALWAYS RESPECT THIS GUY FOR STANDING UP FOR WHAT HE BELIEVES IN AND ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND LETTING NOTHING TO STAND IN HIS WAY. FOR ME YOU HAVE DONE MORE THAN ENOUGH, EVEN IF BAFANA ARE STRUGGLING WHILST HE'S BUSY TRYING TO DEVELOP OUR SOCCER,I WONT MIND AT ALL. WELL DONE MR MOSIMANE.

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