Mosimane's axing was imminent

Safa CEO said Pitso Mosimane's axing was not just about the draw against Ethiopia.

Former Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane. Picture: AFP

JOHANESBURG - South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Robin Peterson said the axing of Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane has been a long time coming, and was not just about the team's draw against Ethiopia at the weekend.

Katlego Mphela saved the day when he scored in the 77th minute of the team's first 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifier in Rustenburg.

Ethiopia shocked the hosts by taking the lead.

Mosimane was sacked at the Safa emergency committee meeting on Monday night.

"The decision was endorsed unanimously", read a statement issued by Safa.

Peterson said the association had to act quickly.

"We felt the risk was too high to wait until after the Botswana match because we had to change the morale in the camp".

Bafana came to the Ethiopia game following a seven match losing streak.

The national team is due to play Botswana away this Saturday in another world cup qualifying game.

Assistant coach Steve Komphela has been appointed as the interim coach.

Mosimane is yet to comment on his dismissal.