Bafana coach to disregard Safa clauses

2010-07-25 10:41

Newly appointed Bafana Bafana coach ­Pitso Mosimane might be on a

collision course with his employer, Safa, because he seems set to disregard some

clauses and obligations written into his contract.

While Safa expects Mosimane to oversee all the national teams,

implement a uniform playing style and instil identity, he does not think it

would be proper for him to neglect his duties to the senior team by

concentrating on other things.

“My head is on the block as Bafana coach and I will be judged on

results only.

If we do not qualify for the 2012 Nations Cup I will be out. I

can’t lose focus on my work because of all these clauses,” Mosimane said.

Being “all over the place” might compromise his vision for the

senior team, but he would continue his programme of training grassroots coaches

at all Safa regions.

He said he wanted to bring pride, integrity and patriotism to the

national team and he reiterated that he would not compromise on discipline or

shy away from making changes to the team if it was in the ­interest of the


Mosimane also disclosed that he would not mind seeking advice from

former Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Parreira, whom he referred to as his mentor,

if the need arose.

“He is one of the top international coaches, with vast experience

and know-ledge.

I am my own man and I am not ­untouchable, but will put my foot

down on things which I feel will compromise my ­vision,” Mosimane said.

He scoffed at being labelled a “ball boy” during his time as

Parreira’s assistant.

“I don’t know what qualifies one to be called a ball boy. As an

assistant I knew my place and respected the coach’s decisions. Obviously there

were things I didn’t like or was not happy with, but I would raise them at

proper forums.

The coach had the last word and I respected that.”

He said he would take his time over identifying a suitable

assistant who would share and live his vision.

The former SuperSport United coach said his biggest challenge was

to get more goals and get people to understand that the team did not have to

play good football to win games.

“Spain can play nice and still be able to get there, but do we have

the same quality as them?” he asked.

As much as he would like to introduce more young players, Mosimane

said, he might be forced to stick to tried and tested players if the younger

ones were not ­getting any game time.

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