The Bafana Bafana skipper has revealed that his team-mates are disappointed after the sacking of their coach, but they are nonetheless ready to play Botswana on SaturdaySouth Africa captain Steven Pienaar admits the team is a bit down following the sacking of Pitso Mosimane as coach, but insists they are ready to move on.
Bafana produced a limp display in their opening 2014 World Cup qualifier, drawing 1-1 at home to Ethiopia – the result of which was Mosimane losing his job after going nine games without a win.
Pienaar, who missed a glorious chance late on to secure the three points, says while the players are a bit dejected, they are ready to pick themselves up ahead of Saturday's qualifier against Botswana in Gaborone.
"For us as players, we're a bit down," 'Schillo' said at a press conference. "It's normal in football when you lose a coach. But we have to lift ourselves up mentally and physically again because we know the result in the last game wasn't good enough."
He added, "There are no easy games in football any more. We went into the game a bit relaxed. You could see in the first half we didn't expect them to come out the way they did. In the second half we were aware of them.
"We put them under pressure for the whole second 45 minutes and scored a goal, and we could have scored a few."
Bafana will need the three points against a Botswana side which lost their opening match 2-0 to Central African Republic.