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Mosimane irked by goal-shy Bafana

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 4 Jun 2012

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South Africa coach Pitso Mosimane insists that a different coach will not be able to solve the team’s goal scoring problem.

Mosimane was at pains trying to justify why South Africa could not beat Ethiopia at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, after the two sides drew 1-1 in World Cup qualifying.

“The usual story happened, because chances were created but we didn’t take them,” Mosimane told reporters.

“How do I sort out the finishing [problem] of South African football? Siyabonga Nomvete is the only one who scored [many goals] and I had him in the field! He scored 20 goals and he is here.

“You can’t say this team doesn’t create chances, hey. Let’s play fair. I only have the players for seven days.”

Mosimane claims South Africa must revise its football development programmes.

“You see South Africa, we don’t want to accept reality – things have not been going well for us since we won the 1996 Afcon, but we are not changing the formula.

“We have a problem but you are going the same way; we must do things right in terms of our development programmes. We don’t want to accept that the world is catching up with us.

“We don’t want to accept that we are not scoring goals. We don’t want to accept that our development programmes are not good.

“We don’t want to accept … let’s change the programmes. It took Spain 80 years to win the World Cup, but they had to change their programmes.

“What programmes do we have? We don’t change the formula yet we expect different results. Whether I’m here or not they will miss the chances. Let’s be shrewd on our development programmes.”

Mosimane also responded to growing calls that he must step down.

“Well, I don’t have to respond to what people say … it is not for me to say I must stay or go. The pressure is there, it has been there and it will be there.”

South Africa travel to Botswana on June 9 in the second match of their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

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