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Pitso Mosimane annoyed at failure to build on 2010 Soccer World Cup success

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Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says it is frustrating that South African football has not learned from the 2010 Soccer World Cup success.

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On Thursday, 11 June South Africa will celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Soccer World Cup and South Africans and football fans around the world shared their fond memories of the 2010 tournament.

Mosimane, who was part of then-Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira's technical team at the global showpiece, remembers how professionally everything was handled on match day.

"Everything about the World Cup was perfect. Stadiums were packed, but not even one game was delayed because fans were stuck outside still trying to get in. Fans arrived on time and knew exactly where they were supposed to sit," Mosimane said, as quoted by SowetanLIVE.

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However, the Sundowns boss doesn't see the same standards being upheld in South African football anymore and admits it's disappointing.

"Now we go for a warm-up, knowing the match is kicking off at 3pm, suddenly you're told, hold on, there's potential for a stampede outside. Why didn't we learn from the World Cup?" he continued.

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"But what surprises me even more is that these match commissioners deny us the chance to water the grass before KickOff. Why? This helps the flow of play. It was done during the World Cup; it's done in big leagues. But clearly our match commissioners don't know this."

- TEAMtalk media

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