Safa president Danny Jordaan has showered praise on Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane saying he has single-handedly proven that young black coaches, if given a chance, can revolutionise the game and make an indelible mark on the continent.
He recalls how, during the Caf Champions League final in Cairo, fans chanted the former Sundowns coach’s name. From the Cape to Cairo, the name Pitso Mosimane now inspires awe and praise after he captured his second Champions League title with Egyptian giants Al Ahly.
“We’re very happy for Pitso, we want to congratulate him, I was there at the final. It is extraordinary how the Egyptian fans have embraced him and supported and sang for him, they adopted him, he is a son he is a brother, he is a part of them, ” Jordan told FARPost.
“He’s one of the few coaches that has won a treble for two clubs in basically one year, he left here having won a treble for Sundowns and went to Egypt and won three trophies. It just shows you that African coaches, given the opportunity, can produce results. It’s an issue that even in the English FA one of the big debates is about black coaches not being given a chance. I hope this kind of achievement will break that mould and see more African coaches going out of the continent.”
Coaches like Mosimane give a lot of hope to the Safa boss whose manifesto – seven years ago – promised that junior football development would be one of the cornerstones of his leadership. South Africa and Africa have a crucial shortage of coaches, he said back then, and this had hindered junior football development. He has spent most of his tenure trying to correct this anomaly.
“It’s a general problem on the continent when we look at the number of players and qualified coaches. We’re now at a ratio of one qualified coach for every 100 players and that is an issue. If you look at Germany and Spain, countries that have won the World Cup, the ratio is 1:20. In Spain, every 20 players have 1 qualified coach,” he said.
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By Mthokozisi Dube