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SAFA confirm Mosimane as Parreira's successor

[Posted 15 Jul 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Pitso Mosimane appointed Bafana coach

Cape Town

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has confirmed former Bafana Bafana Assistant coach Pitso Mosimane as the new Bafana Bafana coach and successor to the out-gone Brazilian-born coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. The anouncement was made at a news conference held at Sandton on Thursday afternoon.

SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani, in presenting Mosimane to the media, stated that the appointment of a new coach marked the beginning of a journey where there was no turning back.

"Our quest to become number one in the continent has started and the process is irreversible. Our latest improvement on the Fifa world rankings is an indication of the progress made, hence our decision to continue with the technical team that understand the significance of completing the long journey that we have started", Nematandani told the media conference.

SAFA had taken far too long to make the much-anticipated announcement after its Nematandani had led the country to believe that an announcement would be made during the 2010 World Cup following the early bowing out of Bafana at group stages. The announcement did not happen, and was made subject to the recommendation of a SAFA Technical Committee on the selection of the national team's coach.

It seems like all the internal processes within SAFA have now been adhered to, paving way for the endorsement of the promotion of the former Supersport coach from being Parreira's understudy to assuming the reigns at one of Africa's top jobs.

Mosimane himself has declared his readiness for the task ahead and stated that he understands that he will be judged by the quality of results which must now follow.

"I have come to add value and creativity, in doing so it is my vision to take Bafana Bafana to a higher level on the journey to the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

"I have the passion and dedication, and I am up to and equal to the challenges that I will come against

 "Everyone has to prove themselves and I will be no exception. I am not expecting any favours as I know results is the name of the game and I believe I have to be judged on that", declared Mosimane.

He also had a few words for those who are not yet convinced about his abilities.

"To those who do not believe in my ability, I would like to ask that you give me time to prove my ability", said the man they call Jingles.

Before Parreira arrived, Mosimane had acted as a care-taker coach for more than seven games and did well to convince the nation that he had the potential to be Bafana's coach in waiting, while Parreira took charge of the world cup preparations and finals. 

When Parreira resigned a few months before the Conferederations Cup in 2009, SAFA fell back on Mosimane as interim coach before the arrival of Joel Santana, and the young coach did not really disappoint. SAFA appears to have been swayed by a strong swell of public opinion in South Africa calling for the appointment of a local coach to take over from Parreira.

Many local names had been brought forward as possible successors. In the final scheme of things, the real debate focussed on the choice between Mosimane, a former Supersport coach and the man who succeeded him at Supersport, Gavin Hunt. Those who preferred Mosimane pointed to the success the young coach had at Matsatsantsa apitoli, as Supersport is affectionately known, and his experience with the national team. Those who preferred Gavin also argued that he has demonstrated his ability by winning the league three times in a row, a feat which has never been achieved by a single coach in South Africa. Hunt's detractor were quick to point out to his inexperience at international level.

In all fairness, there was no better local coach in South Africa to take-over from Parreira than a man who had been his understudy for years. A man who was good enough to be Bafana's interim coach before the arrival of the Brazilian coach, and after his wife's illness forced him to briefly return to his native Brazil. Mosimane is still young, combines the necessary charisma, vision and experience to make success of his appointment. Time has come for the country to now benefit from its investment in a young coach for many years. Mosimane appears to have been the best choice for the job. 




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