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Pitso promises to support new Bafana coach Ntseki

2019-09-04 13:05
Pitso Mosimane
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has backed the appointment of Molefi Ntseki as the new Bafana Bafana head coach.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) recently confirmed that Ntseki penned a four-year deal after a brief stint as caretaker coach.

And, with Ntseki having previously coached South Africa at various youth levels, Mosimane feels the new man at the helm deserves a chance to prove his worth.

"Somebody has to be appointed. We can't dilly-dally," Mosimane told reporters. "We've got to have a coach. We have games coming, AFCON and World Cup qualifiers.

"The guy has been at SAFA for a long time. He knows the youth structures at SAFA. Some of the guys in the senior team, he coached them when they were young.

"He hasn't done badly as he took us to the (U17) World Cup.

"Why don't we give him a chance? Who do we want there? I am happy that he is a local coach and he is a good guy. I know him well.

"I am there to support and help him whichever way I can. I am not unhappy with his appointment. For me, it's okay. Why not?"

And Mosimane has confirmed that Ntseki has already contacted several Premiership coaches to discuss players' availability.

He added: "He spoke to Gavin Hunt, Benni (McCarthy) and me. He is going the right way.

"He has to make a decision who he plays, who he picks. It's his story. Anything is possible.

"He's got the best players in the country. How bad can it be?

"You've got the players, they will play. All he has to do as the coach of Bafana is to manage the egos and the pressure from you guys, the media.

"He must select the right team. That's how you get the accolades."

Ntseki's first order of business will be against Madagascar on Saturday, September 7 as Bafana Bafana welcome their COSAFA natives to Orlando Stadium for an international friendly.

Kick-off is at 19:00.

- TeamTalk Media


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