Mamelodi Sundowns’ outspoken coach Pitso Mosimane has reacted to SAFA’s appointment of Molefi Ntseki as Bafana Bafana’s new head coach.
Mosimane’s comments come shortly after Ntseki was announced by SAFA on Saturday afternoon, and just under a week after the Sundowns man took a dig at SAFA’s decision-makers.
Mosimane’s reaction began with him commending SAFA for making the call early enough before the looming AFCON 2021 & World Cup 2022 qualifiers.
“Somebody had to be appointed‚ we can’t dilly-dally‚” Mosimane told TimeLIVE.
“We have to appoint the coach because we have important games coming like the Afcon qualifiers. The guy has been there at Safa for a long time‚ he knows the youth structures very well and he coached some of the players in the senior team at junior level.”
The former Bafana coach who left the post on 2012 believes that Ntseki international youth background puts him in good stead.
“He hasn’t done bad‚ he took us to the World Cup with one of the junior national teams and all that. Why don’t we give him a chance‚ I am happy it’s a local coach‚ he is a good guy and I know him well.”
Mosimane further went on to highlight some of the key aspects Nteki has to pay attention to in order to find success with the national side: managing egos, media pressure, and making selection decisions.
“All he has to do is just to manage the egos‚ the pressure from the media and he must select the right team. He has to make a decision on which players he picks and who he plays and let’s give him a chance because anything is possible.”
“The national team is a different set-up‚ it is not like here at club level. Here is every week and the media put the microscopic eye and criticise which is right. At‚ Bafana we sometimes forget about it until the next match comes. What is important is that SA has a coach‚ I don’t like this interim thing.”
The Absa Premiership coach of the season and 2016 CAF Coach of the Year added that Ntseki crucially keeps open the communication channels with local coaches, and with the opportunity to play with some of the country’s finest talents should succeed.
“He is a good guy‚ he makes sure that he speaks to the coaches. He spoke to Gavin Hunt‚ Benni McCarthy and me. He is going the right way and there is nothing wrong with that. He has the best players‚ he will be choosing from the cream de la crème of the country and how bad can it be.”
“He has Percy Tau‚ Bongani Zungu‚ Thembinkosi Lorch‚ Kermit Erasmus and the rest. If I ask now who is coaching Spain‚ you might not know the name and who cares‚ they are winning matches with players from Real Madrid and Barcelona,” concluded the man nicknamed Jingles.
Ntseki begins his tenure away to Zambia in an international friendly on Saturday afternoon.
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