5 June 2012

South Africa: SAFA and Pitso Agree to Part Ways

Photo: Confederation of African Football.
Former Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane.

Johannesburg — The Emergency Committee of the South African Football Association (SAFA) held a meeting on Monday, 4 June 2012 to evaluate the performance of Bafana Bafana as a direct result of the first 2014 World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Ethiopia held on Sunday, 3 June 2012, which resulted in a draw.

The Emergency Committee considered the reports that were tabled at the meeting and mandated SAFA Vice President Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana and the CEO of SAFA Dr Robin Petersen to hold an urgent meeting with Mr Pitso Mosimane to discuss the matter.

The meeting was held at the Royal Marang Hotel in Phokeng near Rustenburg on Monday, 4 June with the coach, and both parties agreed to part ways amicably in the best interests of both the country and the national team.

Following the meeting, a report was considered by the Emergency Committee in the evening (Monday) after consultation with the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the decision was endorsed unanimously.

"The Association will be indebted to Mr. Mosimane for the work he has done for SAFA since his appointment as head coach of Bafana Bafana and we wish him well in his future endeavours.

This Association wants to place on record that Mr. Mosimane is the only coach that has assisted SAFA by donating a portion of his salary in the pursuit of the development agenda of the Association which included assisting the ex-professional football players to attend the coaching course that is currently on-going at SAFA House," said SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani.

The Association has appointed Steve Komphela as the caretaker coach with immediate effect. SAFA is pleased that both the technical team and the players have all endorsed the decision of the association and assured their country that they will do their best to represent their country in the best way possible, starting with the qualifier against Botswana and all subsequent matches.

"We appeal to the nation to also support the caretaker coach, the technical team, the players and the whole team going forward. We have entered into a crucial period of world cup qualification and we will need all hands on deck to ensure this country gets to Brazil in 2014, as well as perform admirably at the 2013 AFCON tournament that we will host," said SAFA CEO Dr Robin Petersen.

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