South Africa’s coach Mosimane retains his post

Mohamed Mosselhi, Wednesday 19 Oct 2011

Pitso Mosimane retains his post as Bafana Bafana’s coach despite their failure to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations

Pitso Mosimane
South Africa's head coach Pitso Mosimane (Photo: AP)

The South African Football Association (SAFA) said on Wednesday that Pitso Mosimane’s job as the coach of the Bafana Bafana is safe.

Mosimane’s future came under scrutiny after South Africa failed to reach next year’s Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, thanks to a mistake in interpreting CAF’s qualification rules.

"We are aware of the need to bolster the technical team and support staff of the national teams, and will again take appropriate action in this regard as soon as possible,” SAFA CEO Robin Petersen said on Wednesday.

"The coach has asked me to apologise to the nation on his behalf for the failure of the team to qualify. We accepted his apology to the association, and have undertaken to give him the support he needs to build Bafana into a winning team," adds Petersen.

Mosimane’s next goal is to prepare the South African national team for the 2013 African Cup of Nations 2013 on home soil.  

SAFApresident Kirsten Nematandani has also apologized for South Africa’s failure to reach the Nations Cup for the second time in a row.

"I would like to apologise to the entire nation, government and sponsors for the failure to qualify for the Afcon," said Nematandani.

"We are profoundly sorry for letting the nation down. The nation believes given the talent that we have failure was inexcusable.

"Our best endeavour is to now make sure that this doesn't happen again. But then people need to be held accountable but again I stress we are sincerely sorry for letting the nation down." 

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