Just win us games, Pitso

2011-11-17 08:44

Pitso Mosimane is tasked with the most important job in South African football, that of producing results for the national soccer team.

Our coach should start speaking less and win us games.

He should follow the example of great footballing minds like Barcelona’s Pep Guaordiola who lets the record speak on his behalf instead of always defending the mishaps of his sometimes lacklustre team – a job for which Safa hired Matlhomola Morake.

Morake is Safa’s communications manager and is paid to do the talking for Safa House not Jingles - Pitso’s name during his heydays.

Pitso can’t be the Jimmy Manyi of football since no one hired him to do that.

I agree, we have world-class football managers like José Mourinho who have a penchant for speaking their minds with a brand of pomp and arrogance that many club owners dislike and feel uncomfortable with, but these guys deliver the results more than they expose their bosses and legion of fans to their verbal diarrhoea.

Take, for example, Mourinho – affectionately known as the “Special One” – who managed to win two Uefa Champions League trophies with two different teams, Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2009, despite frequently making outrageous remarks that saw him face punishment from the footballing authorities wherever he went.

The widely respected Pep on the other hand has done great for himself with his Barcelona dream team as well – with less or no public speaking but continuing pushing the envelope in terms what a football coach can do.

Guardiola’s 200 games as Barcelona coach have resulted in 144 wins, 39 draws and just 17 defeats.

Under his watch, Barça scored 500 goals and conceded just 143 in those matches and his good work continues.

As football-loving South Africans, we need silverware and a competitive national team and not another Plato with brilliant oratory skills like Thabo Mbeki or Julius Malema.

Our politicians and the country’s diverse pool of talented stand-up comedians mesmerise us enough with their word art, so Pitso should leave the talking to them.

It would also be unfair to ignore the fact that Pitso added value to our national team since his arrival, improving our Fifa ranking but he needs to do more, speak less and make us proud by inspiring and guiding his players to rattle the opponent’s nets more frequently.

He should also teach the likes of Katlego Mphela not to throw scorn at their fans by making professionally unjustifiable gestures that violate their loyalty.

He should teach Mphela to know better and understand the anxiety of the South African football fans, who are still reeling with anger after being led on “a false victory dance” and made to believe Bafana Bafana qualified for next year’s CAF African Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon after the Sierra Leone match, when they actually did not.

Mphela’s unfortunate gestures at fans at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium cannot just be treated as an emotional outburst against a few supporters who were at the venue at the time, but should be taken as an onslaught against the country’s soccer lovers in general – an offence he should apologise for.

And as for Jingles – he should know that much as we love him, he is still not indispensable and should strive to appease football lovers with good results by Bafana Bafana and not his debating and public speaking skills, failing which he would have a problem.

We might not have seen how you lost to Zimbabwe because of poor visuals but we were able to hear you defend your indefensible performance during the post-match interview. We are watching you.

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