SAFA aiming for a permanent Top three in the continent

THE South African Football Association (SAFA) wishes to clarify the

position of the reported ultimatum to Bafana Bafana head coach, Pitso



• SAFA has set a long term goal to be a top 3 African football

Nation on a consistent basis


• The journey to achieve this goal will require the implementation

of the technical plan, the development of which was discussed at the

media Conference on February 2


• One of the key dimensions of the technical plan will be an

emphasis on performance across all disciplines within the game


• Over and above the long term goal, South African football also has

two short-term objectives: the first is to perform with excellence as

the host team at the 2013 AFCON in South Africa next year; the second

is to ensure that we progress through the qualifying process to

participate in Brazil 2014


• The definition of ‘perform with excellence’ has cast a shadow

of uncertainty regarding the future of the Senior Men’s National

Team Head Coach, Pitso Mosimane. This was never the intention and SAFA

wishes to place on record that it fully supports, and has full

confidence in the coach’s and the players’ ability to deliver


• We do believe that it is minimum expectation that Bafana Bafana

progress beyond the Group stages of the 2013 Afcon and ideally we

would wish to participate, in front of the Nation, in the Final at

Soccer City


• Football is all about winning – SAFA is in the business of

winning. We fully understand the impact of the National Football

Team’s performance on the spirit of the Nation. We do not take this

responsibility lightly and neither does the Senior Men’s National

Team Head Coach


• The Nation wants the team to win and progress far into the AFCON

tournament. As custodians of the National team we set a minimum

expectation, as stated by SAFA vice-president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana.

This would be a good performance but not a great one. Accordingly, to

inspire greatness we also set a high level goal. We want to win!


• It would, however, be wrong to pre-judge what ‘perform with

excellence’ means at this stage .We know what we need to achieve and

we will need to carefully evaluate our performance and the

implications after the tournament, not before!


• At this stage we would ask that the Nation gets behind the team,

gets behind the coach and begin to focus on reigniting the spirit of

1996 and the emotional momentum of 2010.

Meanwhile SAFA has confirmed that Bafana Bafana will play its next friendly

international match against Senegal in Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium. 

The match against the Teranga Lions of Senegal. The clash will take place on

 February 29.

 “We have concluded an agreement with Senegal and the match will take

 place on that day and it will be an evening match and the exact kick

 off time will be determined after consultation with the SABC,” confirmed SAFA CEO,

Dr Robin Petersen.

Details of tickets and hospitality suite sales will be announced in

the next few days.































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