We can do brilliant, says coach after Egypt nailbiter

2011-03-28 00:00

THE new Bafana Bafana generation are growing and want to write their own history, coach Pitso Mosimane said after Saturday night’s thrilling last-seconds victory over Egypt at Ellis Park.

Katlego Mphela scored when there could have been no more than 10 seconds left in injury time as South Africa beat Egypt 1-0. This puts Bafana solidly in the driving seat in qualifying for the 2012 African Cup of Nations.

Bafana lead Group G with seven points from three games while three-time successive Nations Cup champions Egypt are in danger of not qualifying for the finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, with just one point.

“The boys were happy and just singing non-stop, and after a good win like this I don’t blame them,” the coach said, describing the scene in the change room after Bafana’s first competitive victory against Egypt.

“I think this team [are] growing slowly. [They’ve] played the Confederations Cup, played Spain two times with Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Fabregas, Villa.

“This team took Brazil to the 90th minute at this stadium. [They’re] growing and [they needs] time.”

The victory was by far Mosimane’s most important since replacing Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira after last year’s World Cup and goes a long way towards solidifying the position of the former SuperSport United boss with the national side.

An emotionally drained Mosimane appealed for the media to support him and the team as they continue a steady revival from years in the doldrums.

Bafana lost all three matches without scoring a goal in the 2008 Afcon finals and failed to qualify for 2010. “I will make mistakes and be humble enough to admit and rectify them, but I think if we give these boys the support that the media is giving them at the moment of growing and making mistakes in the field of play, of developing them, if we give this team a chance, we can do brilliant,” he said.

 

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