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Fish: Pitso must stay

10 October 2011, 10:14

Johannesburg - Mark Fish has backed Pitso Mosimane to continue as the national team coach, despite the country failing to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Mosimane, who took charge just over a year ago, is still the right man for the job according to the former Bafana Bafana defender.

"I think Pitso has done a wonderful job," Fish said in brief chat with Football365.co.za at the Mbombela stadium, after confirmation that South Africa had missed AFCON qualification for the second time in a row.

"I think the team has gone in the right direction since the World Cup. Pitso has been doing the right things and the team has played some fantastic football, but obviously failing to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations is a big setback for South African football. It is for the second time in a row that we failed to qualify so it is very disappointing," he said.

"I feel for Pitso, because he is moving in the right direction, but I think the biggest problem at the moment is that we are not scoring goals," Fish argued.

Fish further said that issues pertaining to the confusion with regards to the qualifying procedure are proof that the Issa Hayatou-led CAF leadership has overstayed its welcome.

"CAF has always been failing the Southern Hemisphere and I think Issa Hayatou has been there too long. Unfortunately, the French-speaking nations seem to be dominating CAF and it is about time that we stand up and get one or two of our people from the Southern Hemisphere so we can have a say," Fish concluded.

- Football411


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