Pitso vows to transform Bafana

2010-07-16 09:55
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Pitso Mosimane says he intends to transform the fortunes of the South African national team after being confirmed as the Bafana Bafana coach on Thursday.

The South African Football Association made good on their word to install a local coach and have now given the former SuperSport United boss a mandate to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Speaking after his unveiling in Sandton, Mosimane outlined his intentions.

"I can promise you that I will turn Bafana Bafana into world beaters," he said.

"I'm here to add value and creativity to the national team. My vision is to take Bafana Bafana to the next level on our journey to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil."

Mosimane, who was assistant to Carlos Alberto Parreira at the 2010 World Cup, knows he faces a hard task to win over his detractors, of which there are many, who would have preferred a more experienced coach in the role.

"Everybody has to prove himself and I will be no exception. I am not expecting any favours since I know results is the name of the game. I want to be judged based on my performance.

"But I will not hesitate to make changes when necessary. This job is about taking tough decisions that may not necessarily be popular among other people. I will always be open to advice and communicate effectively with the people I will be working with," he added.

But the most encouraging aspect of his introduction were Mosimane's comments surrounding the integration of all national teams, from youth level up to Bafana.

Mosimane explained that in order for the senior team to be a success, there would need to be improved communication with all coaches.

"It is important that we focus more on development. We have the technical director (Serame Letsoaka) who I will closely work with.

"I will also work with all the national coaches because we need uniformity." 

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