Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane heaps praises on his depleted side, lashes out at media
Posted: 15 January 2012 Time: 9:38 pm
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.