Safa picks Pitso, wants to be certain

2010-07-02 00:00

THE SA Football Association held a press conference yesterday, but instead of announcing a new Bafana Bafana coach, it only said that Pitso Mosimane is their candidate, but that he must first be assessed by Safa’s technical committee.

Mosimane, the assistant to South Africa’s World Cup coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, has been widely tipped to get the Bafana job.

Safa’s convoluted process of appointing Mosimane, who was Parreira’s assistant for three years, might be criticised as dilly-dallying given that Bafana begin their 2012 African Nations Cup qualifying campaign at home to Niger in early September.

The new coach’s first match in charge will be a friendly at home against yet-to-be-announced opponents on August 11.

At yesterday’s press conference in Sandton, Safa named Mosimane as their only candidate. He will be assessed on his feasibility by the body’s technical committee.

Members of the committee include former Bafana coaches Jomo Sono and Ted Dumitru, Harold Legodi, Simon Ngomane, Safa technical director Serame Letsoaka and NEC member Fanyana Sibanyoni.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani read a resolution to the media briefing stating that the association will look for a South African coach, that Mosimane should be the candidate, and that he should be assessed by the technical committee before being appointed.

“The association has identified a candidate who should be put through a process in which the technical committee needs to engage the candidate on various aspects. These include checking his plans going forward, technical abilities …” Nematandani said.

“As an executive committee we do not have the skills to judge these aspects and therefore gave it to our specialised committee.”

Safa has been engaging the Premier Soccer League on the issue of players remaining fit and being released for national team duty.

Safa will only begin negotiating with Mosimane once they have received approval from the technical committee.

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