Mosimane faces selection crisis
Monday April 24 2006
Bafana Bafana caretaker coach Pitso Mosimane faces a selection dilemma ahead of South Africa's COSAFA Castle Cup clash against Swaziland on Saturday, May 20.
The COSAFA competition coincides with the ABSA Cup Final and Mosimane might have to do without players from the country's big three - Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates.
Chiefs play Sundowns in one of the ABSA Cup semi-finals this Saturday, whilst Pirates play Tembisa Classic in the other semi-final clash on Sunday.
"This is not an ideal situation to be in because I would have loved to have all the players available," Mosimane told the City Press.
He added: "Our performance in the tournament will pave the way to the future and give us an indication of which areas to strengthen going into the African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
"But we will have to do with what we have because it is out of our hands," said a clearly disappointed Mosimane.
Mosimane said he would select the best available squad as he was taking the tournament seriously and wanted to win it.
"For us to be taken seriously we need to command respect in our region and this tournament gives us the opportunity to do that. There are no more small countries and we need to take every game seriously."
The SuperSport United mentor is hoping to host three mini-camps of three days each ahead of the Swaziland match.
"We will not have enough time to prepare thoroughly and we will have to do with the short time we will have. The only thing that could work is having mini-camps to help us assess the players," Mosimane concluded.