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Saturday, July 3, 2010
Mokoena backs Mosimane for Bafana

Soccernet staff

Aaron Mokoena has backed South Africa assistant coach Pitso Mosimane to replace Carlos Alberto Parreira as Bafana Bafana boss.

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Mosimane is favourite to land the role, vacated by Parreira after he failed to guide the hosts through the group stages at this summer's finals, following the South African Football Association's announcement that he is the only candidate. And Bafana Bafana captain Mokoena is delighted that Mosimane is the man in pole position to lead the the team forward.

"Pitso has been in the foundation of Bafana Bafana and he knows the ins and outs of the team," Mokoena told the BBC's Sportsworld programme. "Yes, there are lots of good coaches out there that can take the post but the fact that we have the foundation, we need someone from within the structure to build on this foundation."

Former South Africa midfielder Mosimane made just four appearnces for the national side as a player, but has been involved in the Bafana coaching set-up since 2006, and was at Parreira's side throughout the 2010 tournament.

Mokoena believes that Mosimane, a successful manager with South African Premier League side Supersport United, has what it takes to help develop the nation's football team ahead of the next World Cup in Brazil.

"Firstly it's all about development, we had a chat with Pitso and we said that development can be much better in football in South Africa," Mokoena said. "I'm sure his appointment can make a difference to South African football.

''I've been working with him for years and I know what kind of manager he is. I look forward to working with him if he gets the job."

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