Bafana Bafana Coach, Pitso Mosimane has been fired by the South African Football Association (SAFA). Mosimane was fired on Monday night after an emergency meeting that took place in Johannesburg.
According to SAFA’s Sifiso Ramara, this meeting was convened following Bafana’s one-all draw with the lowly ranked Ethiopia in their World Cup qualifier on Sunday. He also mentioned that the national team has played nine games without a win since August 2011, which resulted in SAFA losing all faith in Mosimane.
Messages from social networks indicate that many people are happy with SAFA’s decision. Joe Nkosi, an independent soccer analyst, says it was a mistake from the beginning for Mosimane to be made coach when Carlos Alberto Parreira left in 2010. He thinks that he was not ready for this position. “The way Mosimane talked when Bafana failed to win indicated that he did not know what he was doing. He forgot that the national team plays to win tournaments not for fun. Instead of getting players who are in good form, he had his own players that he relied on and those players failed him”, Nkosi said.
The axing of Mosimane means that Bafana Bafana will be under a new coach when they face Botswana in Gaborone on Saturday. It has been surmised that Gordon Igesund will be appointed as the new coach. At the moment Steve Kompela will be the acting coach while SAFA discusses a way forward.