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Pitso Points Out SAFA Mistake

Former Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has insisted the South African Football Association were not patient enough with him when he was in charge of Bafana Bafana.

Mosimane, 59, is currently in charge of Al Wahda in the United Arab Emirates Pro League and is arguably Africa’s most successful active coach after lifting 19 trophies at club level between SuperSport United, Mamelodi Sundowns, Al Ahly and Alhli.

Most of his club success came after he was sacked by SAFA in 2012 after failing to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, with questions being asked why such a successful manager didn’t succeed at international level.

However, Mosimane has now explained that SAFA were not patient enough with him – and many of the recent coaches – to build the foundations for future success.

“My country was a little bit impatient with me,” he said during an interview on AD Sports TV.

“In fact my country is impatient with everyone. It’s the first time we have a coach for two years now.

“Because it’s also impatience, they don’t wait, they want instant results but we forget about developing the right players.

“They kept changing the coaches, they were not patient, they were not patient with me. So it’s the story of Jurgen Klopp, the story of Pep Guardiola.

“You want a coach, you have to be patient. Look at Aliou Cisse at Senegal. They have been patient with him – how long did it take him to win the Cup of Nations? Six, seven, eight years!?

“He have won it, now they have a good generation of Sadio Mane and them. It’s going to go away again.

“Look at how Egypt had it with coach [Hassan] Shehata, they had a good generation and it was very good. Why is it gone now?

“You have to be patient and you have to find the right person. You can never-ever build everything in one day. That’s why in English they say you can’t build Rome in one day. You have to be patient.

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David Kappel
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