Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe insists that he never had any doubts that coach Pitso Mosimane would extend his stay at the club.
Mosimane’s contract was lapsing next month with reports doing the rounds that he had been approached by clubs in the United Arab Emirates and North Africa.
But all those rumours are a thing of the past now after the 55-year-old signed a four-year extension to remain at Chloorkop until 2024.
“There was never an issue as to whether Pitso was going to stay at Sundowns or not,” said Motsepe during a media briefing on Thursday.
“Pitso came to see me last year because his contract ends sometime this year. So he came to see me and said, ‘President you always say to me that you want me to grow old at Mamelodi Sundowns and I just want you to know that with the confidence that you have shown I want to continue with the club’,” Motsepe recalled.
“There was never any doubt at all in my mind. Exactly because there is such a good understanding and commitment by both parties, they tend to neglect (contract negotiations) and take longer than what should be in terms of concluding the agreement.”
Mosimane is the longest-serving coach at Sundowns since Motsepe bought the club from the Tsichlas family in 2003.
“What you must also understand is Pitso is a very special coach, quite apart from being a good coach he is someone that I like immensely so you can’t pay Pitso what you used to pay him when he started. You can’t even pay him the same money you used to pay him before he won the (CAF) Champions League. You really now have to go to the bank and extend your overdraft.”
“But I can tell you every cent that we are spending and we continue to spend on Pitso, I am very confident that is money well spent.”
In 8 years at the club, Mosimane has won the Absa Premiership (4x), Nedbank Cup (1x), Telkom Knockout (2x), CAF Champions League (1x) and CAF Super Cup (1x).
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By Ofhani Munyai