Pitso gets the job


Safa is sticking to its guns by appointing Pitso “Jingles” Mosimane as coach of Bafana Bafana.
This comes after Safa made a commitment in November that a South African will be employed to take over the baton from Carlos Alberto Parreira for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Sowetan has learnt that it is highly unlikely that an announcement will be made this week since Mosimane must first address the Safa top brass on his vision.
This will also include discussing his new contract with Safa chief executive, Leslie Sedibe and the technical committee.
Safa management committee members will meet today to start the ball rolling regarding the elevation of Mosimane to the position of head coach.
Tomorrow Safa’s executive committee — the highest decision— making body of the federation — will confirm Mosimane’s appointment.
Sowetan can reveal that Mosimane, who has been highly recommended by Parreira, enjoys massive support from the executive.
Parreira, who is held in high esteem by Safa top brass, also recommended Brazilian failure Joel Santana in 2007.
The position will become vacant at the beginning of August when Parreira returns home after failing dismally to guide Bafana to the second round of the 2010 World Cup .
The current squad achieved the same results as the side mentored by Jomo Sono in Korea- Japan in 2002. Both sides won one match, lost one and drew one to finish on four points.
Surprisingly, the 2010 squad has been praised for “making the country proud” in the ongoing World Cup, while the 2002 campaign was regarded as a failure.
“We have not made contact with Pitso as yet but he is going to be the new coach. There are two or three members who are not happy with Pitso, though. But the general consensus is that he should be our head coach,” said a top Safa leader who asked not to be named.
Mosimane, who could not be reached yesterday, will have little time to start preparing for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, with the qualifiers getting under way in September.
Bafana are in the same group as Niger, Sierra Leone and African champions Egypt. —Sowetan