Ethiopia instrumental in the firing of 'Jingles'

This was confirmed last night at the SAFA emergency executive committee.

In their statement issued early this morning, Safa said its Emergency Committee held a meeting yesterday “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”.

“Drawing in the last 15 minutes of the game against Ethiopia made us realise we had to act now,” the SA Football Association (Safa) was quoted as saying in a statement.

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 Pitso Mosimane to discuss the matter”.

This meeting was held at the Royal Marang Hotel in Phokeng near Rustenburg the same day, and “both parties agreed to part ways amicably in the best interests of both the country and the national team”.

“The Association will be indebted to 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.”

Assistant coach Steve Komphela would take charge of South Africa’s next two matches, Independent Online reported on Tuesday morning.

Although various feelings have been aired on the axing of Mosimane, one thing remaining is will the incoming coach have time and select players’ of his choice and would SAFA accord him the space, amongst others?

Moroka Swallows coach Gordon Igesund has been tipped to take over from the embattled Mosimane on a permanent basis after South Africa failed to win any of their last seven matches.

Fans whom SOWETOLIFE MAGAZINE ONLINE spoke to in Rustenburg after the game, said the sacking of Pitso should also be directed to players’ who did not show commitment and lacked resilience.   

They face Botswana in another crucial qualifying fixture in Gaborone on Saturday, and they play Gabon in an international friendly in Johannesburg later this month.

On a rather serious matter, the sooner SAFA settle the payment of a sangoma from KZN the better for the team and the nation, we hope!

True, our Springboks is a team of Millions…Is SAFA listening though?

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