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Pitso still coach, for now

2012-06-04 21:00

Johannesburg - The SA Football Association (SAFA) on Monday said there were still "procedures" being done, and until they were completed, Pitso Mosimane remained Bafana Bafana coach.

However, SAFA did not want to confirm whether they include pay out agreements.

"There are procedures that need to be taken... he [Mosimane] has not been sacked," SAFA spokesperson, Dominic Chimhavi, said.

"SAFA chief executive Robin Petersen is the only one mandated to speak on the matter, but we will also issue something official later."

Bafana have a matter of hours to finalise the decision before this Saturday's Group A 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier fixture against Botswana in Gaborone on Saturday.

Having taking a day off, Bafana players re-assemble back to their Royal Marang Hotel base camp on Tuesday in preparation for the game.

However, the embattled Mosimane is unlikely to be part of the set up as he is expected to officially part ways with SAFA on the same day.

Petersen, along with SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani, could not be reached for comment.

The fact that the association seeked an urgent meeting - a day after their poor 1-1 draw with Ethiopia in Rustenburg in their qualifier opener - was an indication that Mosimane had reached the end of the road.

The result against the lowly but spirited Ethiopians on Sunday was the last straw to a team that has struggled for results, especially in the last year.

Mosimane's record since taking over from Carlos Parreira in August 2010, reads: 15 matches played, five wins, seven draws and three losses.

Bafana's first victory over Egypt was a credible result during the ill-fated 2012 Africa Cup of Nations campaign.

The national team failed to qualify having misread the competition rules ahead of their final match against Sierra Leone last October.

Mosimane's public popularity has waned since then, and was not helped by an unprovoked tirade against the media in January.

The KickOff website on Monday also reported that a formal offer had been drafted for Moroka Swallows coach Gordon Igesund to take over with immediate effect.

Swallows and Igesund are currently in China where they are playing a friendly tournament.

Igesund, the current Premier Soccer League Coach of the Year, would be a popular choice in the country.

He led the modest club to the brink of championship success this past season having aided them to survive relegation the season before.

The 56-year-old was a contender for the post in 1998, shortly after the World Cup in France to replace Phillipe Troussier, which went to Trott Moloto.

However, Swallows chairperson Leon Prins said he had not heard anything since arriving from the far East earlier in the day.

"At the moment I'm in the garden with my wife and son," said Prins.

"I have literally just arrived from China ... where the team is doing well by the way.

"That [Igesund developments] is news to me.

"I have not heard anything, so really can't comment.

"In fact, I only got to know the Bafana score just now."

Another person tipped to take over is Mosimane's second assistant coach, Steve Komphela, the Free State Stars mentor.

Komphela is also a former Bafana captain, and is lauded for his man-management skills.

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Comments
  • mbatakesm - 2012-06-04 22:20

    SAFA is a joke... do they thnk removing Pitso as coach will bring goals, players are the ones who fail 2 score goals, pienar gt a great chance infrnt of goal and misd and SAFA is havn talks about removn the coach...are these ppl 4 real *I wonder how many coaches will it take them 2 realiz where the problem is...*?

  • mbatakesm - 2012-06-04 22:20

    SAFA is a joke... do they thnk removing Pitso as coach will bring goals, players are the ones who fail 2 score goals, pienar gt a great chance infrnt of goal and misd and SAFA is havn talks about removn the coach...are these ppl 4 real *I wonder how many coaches will it take them 2 realiz where the problem is...*?

  • lungile.ndyibithi - 2012-06-04 22:42

    Easy come easy go! If Pitso competed with other coaches for this position I cud say he deserved the job. Gordon has a good profile and experience. Pitso on the other had need PSL or development experience. He only coached 1 team and was seen as a hero, in my view he z still immature for a senior team thus the reason he hides behind development.

  • mpho.phawe - 2012-06-04 22:42

    why r they taking so long,IS IT HARD 2 SAY LOOSER>>>YOU R FIRED?

  • Thabo Kgoebane - 2012-06-04 23:13

    Pitso n Khompela r the same. The later was a failure with the under 23s and the stupid Pitso wants to develop players whom are supposed to be at the top of their game. Laat hulle voetsek.

  • sikhulile.nkwelo - 2012-06-05 02:20

    Update: thr man iz History now

  • ngwako.macheru - 2012-06-05 03:05

    Why r they takin so long 2 fire him. His record since he took over tells all. He must go. He knows nothin.

  • Ndaedzo - 2012-06-05 03:27

    There is no players who can do the job here in sa, even if we found a new coach ,we won't make it to brazil ,we will changes every two years ,lets give that guy to build the team ,pitso is the right guy for the job ,

  • Ndaedzo - 2012-06-05 03:28

    There is no players who can do the job here in sa, even if we found a new coach ,we won't make it to brazil ,we will changes the coachevery two years ,lets give that guy to build the team ,pitso is the right guy for the job ,

  • mokwena.e - 2012-06-05 05:23

    time is no longer on our side. Decision should b made soon before we face the same thing that we did last year .

  • boykie.nkosi - 2012-06-05 05:40

    My problem with local coaches is they always have their favorite players

  • Dennis - 2012-06-05 06:16

    We will never be seen at another world cup.........ever !!!

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-06-05 06:32

    Don't speak in forked tongues, the guy is either fired or not. Please SAFA wear some pants for a change

  • reubenk3 - 2012-06-05 06:47

    Gordon igesund should be given the job, he deserves it, he has done wonders at moroka swallows, and has won the league 4 times with different clubs, he deserves a chance to prove himself just like any other coach.

  • arthur.motsamai - 2012-06-05 06:50

    I have been waiting patiently with hope that a man who has made us a joke of minors like Ithiopia risign from his post yes he kept on justifying his actions and losses in a form of draws. I hereby with smile in my outmos pleasure say Pitso Mosimane is unemployed. Steve Khompela will be incharge of the two remainin matches this year.

  • bonganiemmanuel.mazibuko - 2012-06-05 08:23

    pitso is still coach for now, coz they busy preparing their payments

  • lourens.hendricks - 2012-06-05 11:11

    So its the coach fault that Mpela can't take his chances...why don't they put BENNI there and see?????like Pirates gave him a chance...

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