Pitso won't turn to Benni

2012-01-18 08:59

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane's search for a top striker is far from over but he is unwilling to recall veterans Benni McCarthy and Siyabonga Nomvethe, who are both 34, reports Sowetan.

The coach still regards Katlego Mphela as the ideal striker. In Mosimane's eyes, Mphela has no competition from the others. He has scored 22 goals in 44 appearances for the national team.

Mosimane said he had given all the local strikers a chance to prove that they can solve Bafana's goalscoring problems. In the most recent matches - friendlies against Equatorial Guinea, Zambia and Ghana this month - Bafana's strike force produced only two goals.

In the Absa Premiership this season, Mphela has netted nine times halfway through the campaign, followed by Nomvethe with eight goals.

Diyo Sibisi of Maritzburg United and the Bidvest Wits duo of Ryan Chapman and S'busiso Vilakazi are all on six goals, though Vilakazi is more of an attacking midfielder than a striker.

McCarthy's league tally is just three goals in a season blighted by injury, but he has been on target three times in the Telkom Knockout.

"We have a long way to go. The players we select also need to buy into my vision. We don't just pick players because people want to see them in the team," Mosimane said.


  • shaunmn - 2012-01-18 09:17

    Pitso must go end of story. Hopw can he be one of the best coaches in the continent but his team is not in the Africa Cup of Nations, the best coaches are in the tournament doing what they good at. Every time he's blaming some one, do your f***n job and shut up.

  • Len - 2012-01-18 09:42

    I am no fan of Bennie, but to write people off, in favour of our striker is typical of Pitso. We do not score goals because teams simply mark Mpela and he never uses two or more strikers in a game. He has a big mouth and has failed the one test he could have passed if he did not show his ignorance and lack of knolwedge of rules. Shut up, Pitso and do your job if you can

  • shaunmn - 2012-01-18 09:45

    "In the Absa Premiership this season, Mphela has netted nine times halfway through the campaign, followed by Nomvethe with eight goals" These are our best at the moment, why leaving Nomvete out, he's giving Mpela a run for his money. He needs to blend young start with the experienced one.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-01-18 10:03

    Bennie McCarthy factor is going to be Pitso's Archilles Hills as the league progresses. He will be made to eat the humble pie when it is proven that Bennie is lethal and why Jose Marhino (I hope I got the name right) wanted the boy. Pitso must also not distort history. Bennie is Bafana-Bafana's leading goal scorer despite not having played the same number of games as Mphela.

  • Thato - 2012-01-18 10:09

    it has come under my attention that reading/hearing anything regarding pitso's job is a waist of time.please can some one show that guys where there door is.. damn.

  • Mark - 2012-01-18 10:09

    Pitso is Pathetic, he must go

  • Tokollo - 2012-01-18 10:53

    Pitso needs to start working and introducing the u/20 players. He needs to forget about the so called senior players and start modelling the team around Thulani Serero and May Mahlangu. We currently do not have a football national team. Our coach is also not giving us confidence. The fans want entertaining football with a winning culture. Is this too much to ask for….

      mrmogoswane - 2012-01-18 13:45

      Even if the U\20's are introduced the need to get inducted into a team that has a winning spirit. and at this rate we have none and we are stuck with an arrogant coach who think's the sunshine's out of his ass. Picks players not on merit but because they are his boy's 'i heard him call Mphela that in on interview' Look at how long it took him to introduce a player like may mahlangu a current "swedish league's best central midfielder of the season" this coach of our's has no vision, please let him stay away from the youngsters he will cripple them for life...

      nntsasa - 2012-01-18 14:40

      Eish Tokollo o nepile hape, this coach is fighting a losing battle, i now believe he does not know what he is doing, so disappointing, i tried defending him but he farts all the time to my face

      Tokollo - 2012-01-19 08:31

      @ mrmogoswane, you are spot on. the youngsters need to be introoduced into a winning culture but currently by the looks of things we do not and will never produce a winning culture. Although I hate to pin-point the coach he is messing and frustrating our football. it is clear he has his own personal goals and disregards the nation and its supporters. Right now we need to throw the u/20 boys into the deep end and instill the winning culture. We need a coach that will make those boys have a believe that they can take on the very best in the world. We have the infastructure and talent but it is not natured properly.

  • wayne.nkuna - 2012-01-18 13:57

    fire this idiot

      trevor.charles3 - 2012-01-18 14:42


  • Tshepo Mpebe - 2012-01-18 23:22

    Someone tell me y Pitso is still the coach? The sooner he leaves the better.

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