We need to take stock and look at the bigger picture, says Pitso

2012-04-14 18:54

Mosimane has called for the nation to do some stocktaking with regard to the quality of players the country is producing.

“We need to ask ourselves if what we have is good enough? In my opinion our best is not good enough to compete with other people but only to show that we are good. We have shown against the likes of Ghana, Egypt and Ivory Coast that we can do it, but is that enough?” asked Mosimane.

He highlighted the fact that he was still the last coach to have progressed to the group stages of the Caf Champions League while still with SuperSport United, underlining the fact that the country’s football standards had taken a massive nosedive recently.

He said the fact that the country was no longer exporting players to top European leagues was negatively impacting on the national team’s progress.

Bafana used to have players in England, Portugal, Italy and Germany, but now it is only Steven Pienaar who plays for a recognised top league in Europe.

There is not even a single player playing in France, where most West Africans, Bafana’s opponents, are based.

“The whole of West Africa is playing in France yet we hardly have one player there. Where are our teams in the Champions League and why are all our national teams failing to qualify for events?”

He said South Africa’s problems were bigger than met the eye but insisted he was eager to leave a lasting legacy.

The problems were far-reaching and needed a united cause from all South Africans to find a solution.

“If we win against Ethiopia and score goals, does it mean we have solved the country’s problems? If you remove me tomorrow will the problem be solved? If you bring in Jose Mourinho will the players score? It is South Africa’s problem not Pitso’s. Why is our standard deteriorating?”

The coach, who admitted he was only human and at times makes mistakes, pleaded with the nation to treat him fairly and not crucify him all the time.

“If we really want to qualify for the World Cup, then why don’t we get time to be with the players?” he asked rhetorically, underscoring the lack of purpose among football’s various stakeholders.

“We will have only seven players to prepare the team. Will that be enough?

“People will only talk before the last game when we don’t qualify, saying we should have done this and that”

Mosimane also spoke about Benni McCarthy and Siyabonga Nomvethe, saying they were good players but questioned the role they would fulfil in the Bafana setup.

“We need to look at the bigger picture. Are they long term solutions or a quick fix?”

The Bafana coach also bemoaned the lack of quality coaching at junior levels, saying it was contributing to the decline of standards.

“We don’t have quality there because there is no money. How do we expect them to produce quality players when they are not paid?

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