For once, Mosimane must accept blame and fall on his sword
Pitso Mosimane is not someone who accepts blame easily.
After Sunday's dreadful draw against Ethiopia - a team that some were predicting would be dispatched with in "an avalanche" of Bafana goals - the coach blamed South African football's poor development, striker Siyabonga Nomvethe and the country's refusal to accept "reality". Everyone is to blame except him.
On rare occasions, however, the coach has revealed some introspection. After the miscalculation last October when Bafana played for a draw against Sierra Leone when they needed to win to qualify for the Nations Cup, he admitted: "I feel like I have failed."
Sadly, he has failed again.
Whatever the reasons for the team's shortcomings against Ethiopia on Sunday, it has become inevitable that the coach must take much of the responsibility for what was a dismal performance.
If Mosimane is genuinely concerned about accepting "reality" (he was not specific about what he meant, but implied that our football has been going downhill since 1996, when Bafana won the Nations Cup) then he will know that around the football world it is a reality that the team coach takes the rap when things go wrong.
A clear example on Sunday of poor coaching was Mosimane's insistence on playing Tsepo Masilela, a player of doubtful fitness, ahead of Punch Masenamela in defence. The former finally limped off to be replaced by Masenamela, who ended up being named man of the match.
For that alone, Mosimane should be sacked.
It's not that Mosimane has been a poor coach. He started well. In his first spell as Bafana coach, the team lost only once in seven games and in his second, since taking over after the 2010 World Cup, Bafana have lost only three out of 16 games. The problem is that 10 of his 23 games in charge have been draws.
It's not that there is a shortage of good coaches. Steve Komphela, Gordon Igesund, Gavin Hunt and Clinton Larsen spring to mind. The South African Football Association should start seeking a successor.