Related News

Related Club News

Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane heaps praises on his depleted side, lashes out at media

Posted: 15 January 2012 Time: 21:38

An impassioned Pitso Mosimane heaped praise on Bafana Bafana after their 1-1 draw with Ghana – but says the local media are too "critical" and "emotional" about the national team.

Mosimane's depleted national team held a full strength Ghana outfit to a draw in their practice match at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Sunday, after a 1-1 draw in their previous match against Zambia. To watch the video CLICK HERE!

The Bafana coach – who has started preparing for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers – says he would have achieved better results in both matches if he had been allowed to field the players he had initially called up.   During a press conference held shortly after the Ghana match, an emotionally charged Mosimane pleaded with the local media to show more patriotism and objectivity when reflecting on issues concerning the national team.   "The local media is writing my obituary. But I will soldier on because this is part of being the Bafana coach. I am patriotic and I will continue with my duties.   "I think I have done well in these two matches [against Zambia and Ghana] given the circumstances that I have had to operate under," says Mosimane.   "Both these teams are going to the Africa Cup of Nations and we did very well to achieve the results that we managed.   "It is very difficult when we cannot use all the players that we want to field but I am happy that these players followed instructions and kept their shape throughout the matches.   "Ghana had a full strength side so my team should be commended because everyone was expecting us to lose by a huge margin," adds Mosimane.   Speaking on the failure by Bafana's forwards to score during both practice matches, Mosimane pointed out that South Africa was in short supply of quality strikers.   "We have given all the strikers a chance to prove themselves on the field but once again, we saw that whenever [Katlego] Mphela is not there we struggle to score up-front," says Mosimane.   The Bafana coach hopes that Safa will be able to reach an agreement with all PSL clubs before the next international match so that players can be released for national duty, even when the fixtures do not correspond with Fifa's international dates.   "We must all be patriotic. It is a team effort so we should come to an understanding on matters affecting the national team," he says. 

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:51 pm
Is it true that Pitso's salary is much higher even to that of our state president Zuma?
posted: 10:00 pm
Whatever man, Orlando Pirates FC players will not play in these Mickey-Mouse games that serves them with nothing. We have a small matter of the African Champions League to take care of.

Go ahead and focus on your so called 2014 vision.

Once a Happy Person Always a Happy Ghost
posted: 10:02 pm
Well said coach, some element of patriotism will not harm anyone.
posted: 10:13 pm
Pitso!Ur right with tis judgement,however u started this arrogance & unforunately that's the price ur paying.

By just reading what u said here,I'm sure if u won this games u could have shown ur true arrogance.

My advice to u is to be calm & don't play into the hands of ur detractors.Ur hired to do coaching/managerial work for Bafana & it will help u to ignore other factors that could best be handled by PR department.
The Ghost
posted: 10:19 pm
Pitso, my advise to you is to win games and not celebrating draws like wins then the media will get off your back.
posted: 10:19 pm
@Mampimpana, I do'nt think so broe, Gedleyhlathisa is on R1,2m plus R300k x 6 for each wife, so Pitso is worth around two Mrs. Zumaz's minus tax I guess.

On Bafana related patriotism count me out!......Pitso can go hang for all it's worth, if he knew anything about the word he would've stepped aside like he had to. I'm afraid there's no sympathy from me once again for this egotist called Pitso s'Shimane. nx.
posted: 10:33 pm
whatever Bafana Bafana!
I dont know what 2 say now.
posted: 10:56 pm
SAFA shud pay MATATAZELA 1st, then criticise wher ts necesary..
posted: 05:49 am
No striker will score if u keep on praising your boyfriend Mphela like this you already writing other youngsters off cause you praising your Mphela You have failed so step down!!

This SAFA leadership is failing us both with the SABC and Pitso agggggh!
posted: 06:25 am
Come on Pitso, you had all the players in the AFCON qualifiers but you failed. If you really are patriotic then you should step down, like counterpart in Egypt, Shehata
posted: 06:34 am
From an incapable coach to a politician! Do you also need an info bill? This job comes with pressure anywhere in the world and you don't have an immunity from this critism. Review what you have achieved with Bafana and count the years you have been in Bafana setup and tell me if you still deserve to be a national team coach. Your team is just there to participate not to compete. Do want to tell me that there wouldn't be no longer strikers in post-Mphela era. Don't blame the strikers, the system you play is just poor and outdated. This negative football you play might have kept Supersort in the league but it won't lead us to Brazil.
posted: 06:36 am
pitso must stop being paronoid and win games to qualify for the world cup in brazil.
posted: 06:44 am
thats pitso for yu, celebrating a draw n very proud of mediocrity. Whether full strenght or not, its stil bb. I dnt knw why pitso is so much in praise of mphela as if he iz a 'god'. No wonda eva since macowjoro started playng 4 bb hz perfmance took a nose dive. Pitso told hm that he cn neva b lik mphela. I dnt lyk th zoo animals bt th boy was a prospect 4 bb
Ghost Ninja
posted: 06:52 am
Sweyts : 2012-01-15 22:19 [ Report ]

@Mampimpana, I do'nt think so broe, Gedleyhlathisa is on R1,2m plus R300k x 6 for each wife, so Pitso is worth around two Mrs. Zumaz's minus tax I guess.

On Bafana related patriotism count me out!......Pitso can go hang for all it's worth, if he knew anything about the word he would've stepped aside like he had to. I'm afraid there's no sympathy from me once again for this egotist called Pitso s'Shimane. nx.

Sweyts u just killed me with that "Gedleyhlathisa" Ya ne, mara SAFA is taking the nation for a ride, how long will we have to put up with Pitso's arrogance? My Chairman Dr Khoza aka Toothless must intervene or else vision 2014 will remain just that, vision 2014. Im sick & tired of SAFA & Pitso...
posted: 07:07 am
lets face it.... South africans have lost hope in this idiot n its bosses ''suffer''
n i'm 1 of dem who will neva bliv in diz guy in my life again.
Pitso is a tested failure...
A well tested failure.
I dnt knw how 2 support bafana when thrz still diz tested failure @ de helm.
How do i say i'm proud of the boys while thrz diz failure.
I'm sorry bt i cant xem.
I lost hope in bafana dat day thy jived lyk hell in mbombela
thy lost a fan.
posted: 07:07 am
Pitso is on point, our media and some drunkard football fans are not giving our national coach their support. All they know is throwing tantrums, mourn and complain about everything.
posted: 07:19 am
Pitso is writing his own orbituary, not the media. I have never seen a national coach happy about a 0-0 or 1-1 draw result as Pitso does. The national team plays like a 3rd division team. There is no cohesion. The team doesn't move forward with the ball with speed. They don't look like they can score even if the other team could play without a goalkeeper. I become sick in my stomach each time I watch Bafana Bafana. In the circumstances, I now watch other soccer teams like Barcelona, Arsenal or Liverpool even if it is a repeated match. I don't think Pitso has a clue of what he is doing. The guy is out of his depth. Put him out of his misery before we (SA) become a laughing stock of other nations.
Swona Champ!
posted: 07:30 am
dont throw stones if you staying in a glass house, Pitso dont attack the media, they put you there, and believe me, they can take you down!
Swona Champ!
posted: 07:36 am
Media, keep on reporting this guy's mediocre, he always play well on less important games, what does that helps us as a country? nothing, he is forever learning when he does not win crunch games, he should leave, period, and after this statement, it shows he's not mature enough!
Swona Champ!
posted: 07:45 am
you need to be patriotic yourself Pitso, resign chief!
Terms of use:

The comments posted do not reflect the views of Users are reminded that no misuse of this comment facility will be tolerated. Any abusive, racist, inflammatory, defamatory, discriminatory comments or hate speech will be deleted and the user banned.

If legally obliged we will hand over your information under the Protection of Information Act.

Please report abusive posts to