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Komphela not pleased with Bafana

Bafana interim coach Steve Komphela expressed his anger after the national team drew with Botswana.

Bafana Bafana interim coach Steve Komphela. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN
Bafana Bafana,Gordon Igesund,Pitso Mosimane,Steve Komphela,Bafana camp
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JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana interim coach Steve Komphela on Sunday expressed his anger after the national team drew with Botswana.

Bafana have now gone eight matches without a win after they were held to a 1-1 draw in a World Cup qualifier played in Gaborone on Saturday.

The previous Saturday, Bafana drew 1-1 with Ethiopia in Rustenburg.

Following that draw, the South African Football Association (Safa) decided to fire former coach, Pitso Mosimane.

Komphela was appointed as interim coach.   

Bafana last won an official match in August 2011, when they beat Burkina Faso 3-0 in an international friendly.

Komphela said he knew how the nation was feeling and the team were just as disappointed.

“We’re not pleased. We are not happy. The nation deserves better and we have to acknowledge that.”

Komphela added there was still hope that Bafana would qualify for the World Cup.

“I’m an extreme optimist. I have never looked at life from a dark point of view and I don’t think we are in the shadows. We are still in the light and we’ll have to keep moving and pushing.”

Komphela urged the team to soldier on.

Meanwhile, Safa have named its five man shortlist for the Bafana coaching job.

They include Gordon Igesund, Neil Tovey, Gavin Hunt, Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba and Komphela.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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