Pitso takes swipe at na­tional se­lec­tors

CityPress - - Sport - – Ti­mothy Molobi

Mamelodi Sun­downs coach Pitso Mosi­mane has backed his Su­perS­port United coun­ter­part Stu­art Bax­ter for the Bafana Bafana job.

In the same breath, Mosi­mane said he would also be happy if Bid­vest Wits coach Gavin Hunt got the job.

Mosi­mane be­lieves Bafana will be led well by Bax­ter. He was speak­ing af­ter his side ham­mered Bax­ter’s United 5-0 in the Absa Pre­mier­ship on Thurs­day.

“Stu­art is a man of in­tegrity and is cred­i­ble – we all know that. He un­der­stands lo­cal foot­ball and knows what is needed.

“I can guar­an­tee that Stu­art would never have a strange team sheet and [strange] call-ups. These are things we ask our­selves: how can you have one left back in the na­tional team? You will never have that with Stu­art.”

Mosi­mane still has a bone to pick with the na­tional se­lec­tors af­ter they roped in Sun­downs left-back Tebogo Langer­man with­out any cover for Bafana’s two friendly games against GuineaBis­sau and An­gola last month.

With Sun­downs set to play more matches again this year be­cause of their in­volve­ment in the CAF Cham­pi­ons League group stages, Mosi­mane said it would be im­por­tant for the play­ers to be man­aged well.

“That is the scary part, be­cause we will be play­ing a lot of foot­ball and it will de­pend on who is the na­tional coach. If it is Stu­art, I will be happy. If it is Gavin, I will be happy. We need in­tegrity be­cause this is the na­tional team. We need to talk and li­aise.”

At the same time, Mosi­mane said he would give his play­ers breaks in be­tween their matches.

“My play­ers know that if we have a two-week break, they go [and rest] for a week. We need to man­age them be­cause they have been play­ing non-stop.”

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