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Pitso Mosimane says he was afraid during South Africa's match against Egypt

Posted: 6 June 2011 Time: 12:41

Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane admits to that he endured a lot of nervous moments during the 0-0 draw against Egypt on Sunday.

Playing in their own backyard and desperate for a win at all costs to avoid the embarrassing prospect of missing the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, the Egyptians appeared to fall easily in and around the box.

However, Tunisian referee Slim Jedidi was on the ball and did not give away soft spot-kicks, and as a result has earned Mosimane’s respect.

“I respect him because he was fair, but also I must say we have clever players like Morgan [Gould], who go shoulder to shoulder,” Mosimane says.

“I was very, very afraid when they were falling in the box, but the referee was spot on with his decisions,” he admits.

Mosimane has also heaped praise on his boys for a gallant fight.

“We have a brave team and they help each other. One player was playing for another player … this is a good team.

"It is unbelievable to have brave boys like these playing for each other. You saw Katlego Mphela mark Hosni [Abd Rabou] in midfield and you see ‘Yeye’ [Reneilwe Letsholonyane] helping Anele [Ngcongca] all the time. I’m very happy,” Mosimane says.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 12:56 pm
We play well no doubt about that we should have won I mean missing one on one with keeper twice for Sox he was on bench he saw how Mpela he should done better u dont kill a keeper you just need a chip like the goal he Mpela scored in Joburg
posted: 01:00 pm
I am very Geppy too.

It is interesting to note that we still failing to give credit where it is due especially when a Pirates Chiefs Sundowns player shines. Yet we talking about the National team, i am glad the players dont entertain such shenanigans. Jali's performance was that of a footballer of the season so was Khune and most of the players especially in the middle of the park and defence that is where we did well.

Pisto oops Pitso i like your attitude because you dont listen to monday coaches otherwise you will be having a new squad every game.
posted: 01:12 pm
@bigmore.....WATCH US

Big has unlocked the potential and power of Bafana. This giant has waken up and by the end of the qualifications, we will be the number 2. Ours is to go and win the 2012 AFCON and we will come back as the number 1 in Africa.
This Bafana is sharp sharp...well done boys
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
posted: 01:12 pm
My plea to Pitso is to stop giving credit to individuals unless when asked, this brings about disharmony in a team.
But we've got a solid defence, and great goalkeep, us and Uganda remain the only teams that haven't conceded a goal thus far...
posted: 01:19 pm
Hey you idiot Bigmore...shut up wena
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
posted: 01:20 pm
Bigmore, enjoy while it lasts, when xenophonbic attacks revives itself, don't call us immoral.

Why don't you go to your native country, and write kak or germorse...Idiot
posted: 01:33 pm
I also respect mr ref but yeye was not himself just get a girlfriend stupit.jali the engine of bafana
posted: 01:44 pm
I've always been quiet on pitso as a coach, I ddnt wanna be too forward and judge da man before him even playing 10 games, but I,ve always believed in our players, I started believing in them under santana, the coach was very bad but the boys caught ma attention dat time, and Pitso I approve u to be our coach till 2014, u r just more than a coach but a father figure to these playas and u bring the best out in them, I like ur arrogance coz it instills discipline and confidence in our team, I know u r given an opportunity and I expect u to make mistakes as u still lack experience in international football and obviously u havnt trained any big team so I wudnt be sure u know how to handle pressure, I've always been prepared to give u a chance, and I'm gonna be patient for u to learn and grow, u have my support and its just up to u to learn and produce the results, I expect us to reach semi final or final in 2012 or 2013, 2012 wil b for experience and the world cup, I expect u to go through group stages
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
posted: 01:45 pm
We created more clearer goal scoring opportunies than Egypt,Niger is our next victim, we're going to tear it appart...
posted: 01:46 pm
who is this idiot BIGMORE? surely he doesnt know that we are o a verge to qualify for 2012 afcon and as we do EGypt wont participate for the first time idiot
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
posted: 01:49 pm
Hee wena BIGMESS, stabana ntina
If South Africans are stupid, why don't you go back to your native country where you eat once a week? South African is the paradise of Africa because we're more civilised much intelligent that any other African continent, we lead they follow so take notes you IDIOT we're trying so hard to make you a human being by accomodating you, so don't come with that tendancy...
Tibos [Khosi-FOUR-Life]
posted: 01:51 pm
the ref. yes was spot-on but a bit bias and the injury time was unnecessary, all in all the team did spendoredly they are our new revolutional advocates and you Pitso as a commander i take ma hat off on u.

on the other note i have a prblm with Caf there is nothing good that they ever display about us that is encouraging or giving credit, when they report about us its always come associated with other team and i hate that, safa should work on this behaviour, i am sure wen we voice our concerns fifa would hear and act against Caf i mean there is nothing come positive even when we do well.
posted: 01:52 pm
Jingles aka Mr Mosimane i'm foolly behind you for the strategy that you using and that you Proudly S A that makes me be behind you all the way.Thanks a lot for introducing young stars at an early age thats what we need,do away with Pienaar even Teko is far better than him.Can we please see Myeni,Sirero,Jumanji Jayiya,Punch and Mathoho I'm sure that with these boys we can take anyone on

Pitso anginamahloni ngawe!
Lucky We Khosi 4life Mdlalose
posted: 02:03 pm
we have Quality players who can take on on any team Jali & Khune did well proud of Jali because he still young and have many World Cups ahead of him bt we did miss Steven abit but we getting there
posted: 02:15 pm
I agree with those who say we should have won the game but to be honest the guys did well and we must applaud them
Going to Egypt and coming back with the point is not the easy thing to achieve and is only few teams that have done that
Well done Bafana but there is still a room for improvement especially our striking force
posted: 02:17 pm
dat true pitso the refree was in favour if them
posted: 02:20 pm
SA will never win AFCON?NEXT YEAR WE WILL CELEBRATE IT TOGETHO WITH U. Idiots who celabrate a draw like children who have seeing their parents after a long tym???WHY THEY FAIL TO SCORE AGAINST US? lol yo EGPYT ARE OUT OF UPCOMING AFCON VIVA SOUTH AFRICA
posted: 02:21 pm
Pitso & Marawa please sort out your differences for the sake of BAFANA
You are both important in building the strong Bafana
My apology if i used the wrong platform
I respect you both
Swona Champ!
posted: 02:23 pm
Bigmore : 2011-06-06 13:00

SA will never win AFCON
such a bigot! when will you give up moron?
posted: 02:27 pm
Pitso Jingles Mosimane. I take my hat off...SALUTE!
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