Pitso the fall guy as Bafana stumble
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Pitso Mosimane is set to be sacked as Bafana Bafana coach today, following South Africa’s dismal 1-1 draw with Ethiopia in their opening 2014 World Cup qualifier on Sunday in Phokeng.
The South African Football Association have convened an emergency meeting, where they are expected to fire Mosimane, and replace him with his assistant coach, Steve Komphela.
Komphela was officially named as an assistant coach in April of this year, following a successful season in charge of Free State Stars in the Premier Soccer League. It is unknown whether he will be handed the job on a caretaker or permanent basis, but his first game in charge is likely to be Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Botswana in Gaborone.
But Mosimane acme out fighting after his side’s dismal showing, saying South Africans should not be looking for quick-fixes to the national team’s problems.
He lashed out at the country's neglected development structures which are costing Bafana.
"You see, in South Africa we don't want to accept reality – things have not been going well for us since we won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations," said Mosimane.
"But we are not changing the formula.
"We have a problem but you are going the same way – we must do things right in terms of our development programmes."
South Africa is still reeling from Bafana's failure to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations as they host next year's tournament.
"We don't want to accept that the world is catching up with us," Mosimane said.
"We don't want to accept that we are not scoring goals, and don't want to accept that our development is not good."
Mosimane subtly jabbed the SA Football Association for the poor structures in place while they were still seeking more satisfactory results from the team on the field.
Mosimane felt that until there were changes made to the development formulae, Bafana would continue on their downward spiral.
Bafana face Botswana in their second Group A fixture in Gaborone on Saturday.