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Pitso sacked

SAFA has appointed Steve Komphela as caretaker coach with immediate effect.

Former Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane.

JOHANNESBURG - After confirming that Pitso Mosimane had a job on Monday, the South African Football Association (SAFA) made a surprise announcement that the Bafana Bafana coach had in fact been axed.

Rumours were rife on Monday that Mosimane was not staying on as coach.

Executives engaged in crisis talks, after Bafana's disappointing 1-1 draw with Ethiopia in a World Cup qualifier at home on Sunday.

The emergency committee considered reports that were tabled at the meeting and mandated SAFA Vice President Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana and SAFA CEO Dr Robin Petersen to hold an urgent meeting with Mosimane to discuss the matter.

The meeting, held at the Royal Marang Hotel in Phokeng near Rustenburg, saw both parties agree to part ways amicably.

"The Association is Mr Mosimane for work done since his appointment as head coach. We wish him well in his future endeavours," said SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani.

According to Nematandani, Mosimane was the only coach that assisted SAFA by donating a portion of his salary towards soccer development.

This included assisting former soccer players in attending coaching courses.

SAFA appointed Steve Komphela as the caretaker coach with immediate effect.

The technical team and players supported SAFA's decision and gave assurances they would do their best in representing their country.

"We appeal to the nation to also support the caretaker coach, the technical team, the players and the whole team going forward," said Petersen.

"We have entered into a crucial period of World Cup qualification and we will need all hands on deck to ensure this country gets to Brazil in 2014, as well as perform admirably during the 2013 AFCON tournament."

Bafana's next qualifying game will be against Botswana.

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