Mosimane celebrates South Africa win over Egypt (Photo: Reuters)
South Africa coach Pitso Mosimane was the centre of attention after Saturday’s stunning 1-0 win against Egypt by Katlego Mphela’s killer blow in the final minute of stoppage time in the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier.
"What a moment! I knew 'Killer' could do it and ignored chants from some within the crowd for him to be substituted,” a delighted Mosimane said after the match.
"I waited throughout the match for that special moment when a pass would set me free. Egypt were smart and organized at the back but we have beaten them," said Mphela.
Victory lifted Bafana Bafana to seven points and secured their place on top of the Group G table while the Pharaohs, title holders, lie down bottom with a solitary point from three outings.
The 46-year-old, Coach Pitso Mosimane, who succeeded Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira after the team's first round exit from the 2010 World Cup, admitted his team could have delivered a better performance against the seven-time African champions but still he appeared happy and satisfied.
“I would be disappointed if we didn’t create chances against Niger or Kenya, but this was Egypt, my friend. We needed to play clever. We didn’t have the ball as much as we always do, but in big games like this you must understand you have to play quiet sometimes and play without the ball,” the former SuperSport United coach said.
Mosimane asked the country to support “the boys” as they deserve more time to organize and build a more powerful team.
"We must give these boys and the team the support and we can build South Africa into a better team,” he said. “We haven’t conceded a goal in three games of the qualifiers and if you don’t concede goals you don’t lose.”