Pitso learns the importance of getting the ball inside the net

2011-11-05 20:30

At long last, Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane knows the importance of scoring goals.

Following the disaster that befell Bafana’s qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, when they failed to score against Sierra Leone, Mosimane says he has learnt a harsh lesson.

The apologetic mentor said any team, Bafana included, needed to score goals to win games.

“We will rise again,” proclaimed Mosimane.

“We have learnt that having the second-best defensive record in the qualifiers was not enough and being ahead of other teams on the Fifa rankings is also not enough.

“Bafana must score goals. You need goals to win games,” said Mosimane.

So starting with Saturday’s game against Ivory Coast at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, Bafana will show a sense of urgency in front of goals as they try to address their scoring problems, according
to Mosimane.

However, he conceded that the team was very thin upfront and something had to be done quickly.

As a result, Mosimane wants to increase his pool of strikers and also intensify a scouting programme to get good strikers.

With injury sidelining Kaizer Chiefs striker Lehlohonolo Majoro, Mosimane’s strike force against Ivory Coast will be blunt as the only recognised striker he has is Katlego Mphela.

The trio of Kermit Erasmus, Siyabonga Nontshinga and Bradley Grobler complete Mosimane’s strike force.

He has included four recruits in the team – Ajax Cape Town’s Granwald Scott, Kaizer Chiefs’ George Lebese, Musa Bilankulu of Golden Arrows and Jomo Cosmos’ Nontshinga – in his 28-man squad.

After Bafana’s failure to qualify for next year’s tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, Mosimane is already preparing for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil qualifiers, which start in June.

After playing against the West Africans, Bafana will take a short trip to neighbouring Zimbabwe on November 15, where Mosimane is expected to experiment with the new players.

Bafana will not be idle during the tournament’s period as City Press has learnt that apart from the mooted Four Nations tournament in January and February, Bafana have also secured a friendly against India early in the new year.

“Jingles” said he wants to play against countries ranked in the top 10 in Africa.

He expects a tough encounter against Ivory Coast, but he was confident of doing well against the top-ranked team on the continent.

Although there are doubts over captain Didier Drogba, the Elephants will bring all their big guns – such as Yaya and Kolo Toure, and Salomon Kalou.

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