Top coaches back Mosimane as the right man for Bafana

2010-07-16 00:00

TWO leading South African coaches yesterday endorsed the appointment of Pitso Mosimane as Bafana Bafana head coach, while another said he is surprised SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt did not get the job.

Mosimane, assistant coach to Carlos Alberto Parreira and Joel Santana for the past three years and a caretaker-coach of Bafana before that, was announced as South Africa’s head coach by the South African Football Association at a press conference in Sandton yesterday.

New AmaZulu coach Manqoba Mngqithi, formerly of Lamontville Golden Arrows, said Mosimane is the right man to take Bafana forward after a World Cup performance where the hosts crashed out in the first round, but showed potential with a draw against Mexico and a win against France.

“I’m very happy for him,” said ­Mngqithi. “I believe he has gained the coaching experience necessary for the job and his appointment should give all South Africans the opportunity to support one of their own for once.

“I will support him completely. I believe he has gone through all the stages of coaching development.”

Mngqithi said Mosimane needs the strength to avoid being influenced while in the Bafana job.

“The World Cup gave us something to build on, but there were also mistakes that can be learnt from. I believe if Pitso can be honest to himself, do the job with dignity and respect to the whole nation, not believe that anyone has done him a favour by giving him the job and let himself be influenced by anyone, including players’ agents, he can be successful.”

Former Orlando Pirates and AmaZulu coach and current agent Mike Makaab said Mosimane’s appointment was the logical option because it represents continuity from Parreira to his assistant.

“I hope he can build on what South Africa did at the World Cup,” Makaab said.

“Also, given that we start quite soon with our qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations, continuity is essential. I think Pitso was a very good choice and I am very interested to see what sort of squad he selects.

“I hope he is his own man and builds a strong style of play for the national team. There was always a lot of talk that Pitso was not consulted enough in the national coaching staff and I think he will change some things from the way Parreira did them.”

Santos coach Boebie Solomons said he was surprised Hunt, who has had great success at club level in recent years, did not get the job.

“I don’t have anything against Pitso being appointed but, to be honest, I think they should have given the job to Gavin Hunt. He has been on such a high and won the league with SuperSport three times in a row.

“Pitso has been part of the coaching set-up for a long time and we failed at the World Cup, so I thought we needed a change.

“Now that he has been appointed, I hope Pitso will be his own man and change things. We need to select players who can win games, and not players who have skill and dribble and play sideways.”

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