Mosimane tells Safa to take a hike

2012-07-09 08:37

Former Bafana Bafana head coach Pitso Mosimane is still enjoying a luxurious, comfortable ride while his successor Gordon Igesund has to hitch-hike!

SA Football Association (Safa) chief executive Dr Robin Petersen confirmed to City Press that Mosimane has still not returned the Mercedes-Benz AMG-E63 that is supposed to be used by Igesund.

The German beast, which retails at R1.1 million, was supposed to have been returned by Friday.

Petersen said Mosimane’s lawyer was arguing that the employment matter between Mosimane and Safa was still not over as it was headed for the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Mosimane is arguing that his dismissal was unfair. He was shown the door last month.

Mosimane was sacked two years into his four-year contract.

This was a day after a disappointing 1-1 draw against Ethiopia in Rustenburg in the two nation’s opening 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying match.

The result was Bafana’s seventh successive match without a victory.

Bafana had failed to qualify for last year’s Africa Cup of Nations under his tutelage.

Mosimane, a former Bafana player and assistant coach, refused a two-month salary compensation offer and referred the matter to the CCMA as his contract with Safa was only set to end in 2014.

Mosimane’s lawyer Rod Harper said he would only comment after his client’s return from overseas.

He said: “I will only take instructions from my client.”

» Meanwhile, Fanyana Sibanyoni, chairperson of the Safa technical committee, said they have not given up on their bid to appoint Steve Komphela as technical director.

He said he will meet Komphela, who turned down the association’s offer on Tuesday.

“I want to meet him and find out what his concerns are as his presentation to us (the Safa national executive committee) was very impressive.

“He is an asset hence we want him on board. I haven’t seen him yet but I will definitely meet up with him on Tuesday.”

However, a source close to Komphela said he was doubtful that he would accept the post as he wanted the Bafana top position.

“He is not interested in their offer, he wants to coach. He is very passionate about coaching.”

Petersen said Komphela was offered the technical director position due to his impressive presentation in which “he was able to articulate a clear vision on development.”

Petersen, however, sang a different tune to Sibanyoni’s when he said: “We will soon start identifying possible candidates, conducting interviews and make an appointment.

“This is a very key position for us.”

Komphela refused to comment further, only saying: “I can’t talk about this for now. I’m waiting for him (Sibanyoni) to contact me.”

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