Radebe backs Pitso, Somma

2010-11-15 10:37

Johannesburg - Lucas Radebe is confident Pitso Mosimane can steer Bafana Bafana to the 2012 African Nations Cup finals.

South Africa are currently at the top of Group G in their qualifying group for the continental showpiece, but have a double-header against champions Egypt awaiting them in March and April.

But having seen Bafana lose just one match in the last 17 as they have jumped to their highest ranking since April 2006, ex-captain Radebe believes they are showing very promising signs.

"I think we'll do it - they have done pretty well so far and I'm sure Pitso will be pleased to be top of the group," he told

"We seem to be moving in the right direction in terms of the rankings but obviously the matches against Egypt next year will be the real test.

"We have always had a lot of talent in this country and thankfully the coach is getting the best from his players now. He has managed to get consistency in the results and there seems to be some depth to the squad."

Bafana will play their last international of a momentous year when they host USA in a friendly at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday.

The match against Bob Bradley's men will give Mosimane the chance to run the rule over some newcomers, with the inclusion of Johannesburg-born, Leeds United striker Davide Somma the biggest curiosity.

Radebe met the 25-year-old back in September and admitted he had been impressed.

"I saw him against Doncaster and he was voted man-of-the-match. He's big and strong and he could be someone who gives the national team an extra dimension," Radebe said.

"Davide's unknown but is coming over to give it a try. It will be interesting to see how he gets on against USA because he has shown a real interest in playing for the country."


  • myjdjames - 2010-11-15 10:59

    Looking forward to it. Wish i was in capetown a day earlier

  • eatcake30 - 2010-11-15 12:57

    davide, booth and pattison will make up 3 whites in the team. the more white players we have, the better the prospects of the national team as we already know that white sportsmen have a stonger mentality and better concentration, we will have more fans of my skin colour going to the statium to watch the game(s). remember the days of Hellenic? Another thing i have noted is that wits had 21000 people supporting them over the weekend, might be the 1st in their entire history, i guess the reason is a way of nelspruit people to show that they need a psl club in that city

      obamaprez - 2010-11-15 14:09

      "White sportsmen have a stronger mentality and better concentration"? What utter nonsense. Is this a scientific fact or another racist generalisation? This reminds me of 18th century racist pseudo-scientific "theories" and phliosophy about the intellectual capacity of "blacks" vs "whites" based on brain size etc. When I read these racist comments on this site, I realise the extend of Apartheid racial indoctrination and that we as South Africans need to be educated about the "racial" equality of all people. Socio-economics impact on social behaviour not race. On the issue of the racial composition of Bafana Bafana, we definitely need a more racially inclusive squad and "black" soccer supporters should start to voice their concern about it.

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