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Safa stands its ground

Safa said it was ready should fired coach Pitso Mosimane take his dismissal to the CCMA.

Pitso Mosimane. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Robin Peterson on Wednesday said he was confident of Safa's position should axed Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane take his dismissal to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Mosimane is claiming he was unfairly and unlawfully dismissed, and has instructed his lawyers to request another meeting with Safa.

The former coach reportedly earned an estimated R800,000 per month.

"His lawyers asked us for 18 months compensation, but we are prepared to offer him a three month compensation package as a token of our appreciation. He indicated he was not happy with our offer and will think about it."

Peterson said the move comes as a surprise after Safa and Mosimane had amicably parted ways on Monday.

The CEO said the legal threat was an attempt from Mosimane to get more money from Safa.

"We quite happy if he wants to go to the CCMA. We said if there is no amicable solution we would have to go another route. But there was an amicable solution."

Mosimane was sacked on Monday during an emergency Safa meeting after the country's 1-1 draw during the first World Cup qualifying game against Ethiopia.

The team have not won in seven of their last outings under Mosimane's leadership.

Assistant coach Steve Komphela has been installed as caretaker coach as the team prepare for its second qualifying game against Botswana this Saturday.