Take a page from ANC’s book

2012-03-03 21:38

Superficially, it would seem that Bafana Bafana’s goalless draw against Senegal on Wednesday is the result of Pitso Mosimane being the wrong man for the job.

The outcome stretched the national team’s winless run to eight matches.

Some people have even raised calls for his employer, the SA Football Association (Safa), to do what the ANC did to ANC youth league leader Julius Malema, they want Mosimane expelled.

The man was appointed in August 2010.

But it does not take S’bonelo Madela the jujuman (muti man) to throw his bones to tell where Bafana’s biggest problems lie.

A quick glance through statistics show that Bafana only managed six draws and two losses in their last eight matches.

In the process, they scored five times, with three of those goals contributed by defenders and midfielders.

Katlego Mphela, Bafana’s leading marksman with 22 goals in 45 matches, has scored once in that period while the only other striker to contribute was Turkey-based Bradley Grobler. The team has had three goalless draws and failed to score more than two goals in a single game in eight matches.

While public pressure mounts on Mosimane with every match, the obstinate coach maintains “it is still a work in progress” and that he requires patience.

He has blamed just about everything – from inexperience to not having enough training time and injuries – for Bafana’s failure to win matches.

“I don’t have time when the players come on a Tuesday. What can I do?” he asked.

“It’s a test of character. The stress is with my family as well. I’ve been a footballer and know how it feels like.

“I am doing my job the best way I can. You must remember that I didn’t have the team for a long time. We had just one training session (going into the Senegal match). This is not an easy thing. But I will keep going and I will persevere. I have the age, endurance and I know it will all come right for us.”

Mosimane went as far as predicting that Bafana would top their 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying group, adding that his team would easily beat Ethiopia in their first qualifier in June before taking on Botswana.

“I believe we have the team and I believe we will finish on top of our group. All we need right now is some temperament in front of goal,” he said.

The question on supporters’ mind is whether they should continue to put their trust in the former SuperSport United coach to lead the national team to the Brazil World Cup and next year’s Africa Cup of Nations at home.

The ANC showed those who thought it did not have teeth by dismissing Malema, and it’s now Safa’s turn to follow suit.

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