By FOCUS REPORTER
BAFANA Bafana’s newly-appointed coach, Pitso “Jingles” Mosimane has unveiled his four year program for the team.Mosimane presented his vision on Thursday, July 22 at a media briefing held at SAFA House in Johannesburg. The vision is to prepare and build a strong, competitive and respectable team for the country in preparation for the 2012 African Cup of Nations in Gabon/ Equatorial Guinea and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Mosimane outlined the following steps as a basis for achieving Vision 2014:
Scouting and monitoring of local and international players
Interaction with coaches from the Premier Soccer League to discuss CAF/FIFA dates and player availability for the National Team
Interaction with the coaches both local and international about the plan and the vision
Recommend that PSL teams utilise a maximum of 3 foreign players
Agree on at least two Under-23 players to be in the starting line up of all the matches in South Africa
Ensure common vision and understanding with the Junior national teams as they are the direct feeder to the Senior National Team
Recommend that strictly Under-23 players be utilized for COSAFA games to gain international experience
To send players that are earmarked for Bafana Bafana to participate in the African Nations Championships (CHAN)
Development of the National, Provincial and Regional Under 20 Leagues
Revival of a Reserve League
Mosimane applauded the PSL for their commitment and support in accommodating Bafana’s program in the League’s calendar.
Mosimane said that his continuous engagement with the League is the approach he will apply to other stakeholders in the football fraternity.
“It will take a collective effort for Vision 2014 to be realised. In the African context it takes an entire village to raise a child, hence my resolve to tap into available resources in our country. For instance Football greats like Jomo Sono and Kalusha Byalwa served in the FIFA technical study group during the recent World Cup in our country, and it is that experience and their observations that would be crucial in our planning. Siphiwe Tshabalala was called up to Bafana while playing in the National First Division, so we need to look into avenues like that for special players in the lower leagues. National and Professional coaches must become central in the national discourse on technical matters at appropriate forums like the envisaged Technical Symposium. We need to walk the talk as coaches. I will consult extensively, but spearhead Vision 2014 from a technical point of view. I will rely on the leadership of SAFA to support me administratively, and I will also count on the support of all South Africans as we embark on this project of National and International importance,” said Mosimane.
SAFA CEO Leslie Sedibe says the decision to kick off Vision 2014 with an international friendly match against Ghana demonstrates the Association’s commitment to improve the standard of South African football.
“The road to 2014 will not be an easy one. We are mindful of the challenges ahead, especially after having staged a very successful FIFA World Cup in our country. Our choice of opponents in this preparatory stage is to ensure that our players continue with the momentum of the World Cup, we are also sending a message to our team that there is no room for complacency when we face any of our opponents in the qualifiers. We must prepare adequately for Niger and Sierra Leone, just as we will prepare for the African Champions Egypt in our group,” explained Sedibe.
South Africa hosts Ghana at Soccer City on Wednesday the 11th of August 2010. Kickoff is at 20h35 and tickets for the match go on sale on Friday 23 July at Computicket and Shoprite Checkers stores. Tickets cost R50.00 all round.