Pitso Mosimane’s management team as well as the South African Footballers players Union (SAFPU) have joined various stakeholders in the country in condemning the abuse directed at the Al Ahly coach by a section of the Mamelodi Sundowns supporters.
In a video circulated prior to the CAF Champions League quarterfinal second leg match between the Egyptian champions and the SA champions, some fans can be seen blocking the visitors’ team bus and throwing insults at Mosimane, also swearing at his mother.
The incident has since been described as distasteful with Political party EFF, SAFA, SAFCA and football fans, with some saying it was orchestrated from within the Sundowns camp.
The club has since apologised to Al Ahly and those associated with the club but the statement has been met with criticism for failing to apologise to Mosimane personally.
“To this effect, as the Management Company of Coach Pitso, we are disappointed that Mamelodi Sundowns FC has not apologised to him personally but issued a general statement apologising to Al Ahly and those associated with the team. This is not good enough. The insults were directed at Coach Pitso in his personal capacity and to his mother,” read a statement from MT Sports Marketing and Management on Monday.
“MT Sports Marketing and Management would like to state that the incident on Saturday, the 22nd May 2021, although deeply disturbing, is not an isolated one. For years, including the time that Coach Pitso Mosimane was Head Coach at Mamelodi Sundowns, there were many known examples of disruption and efforts to usurp his position within the club,” read the statement in part.
“The events of Saturday, 22nd May 2021 where sections of the club’s supporters hurled abuse at Coach Pitso and his mother, are confirmation of the grudge that some in the club continue to hold against him even after leaving the club,” they said.
Meanwhile, SAFPU have questioned the lack of sufficient visibility from the security personnel to offer protection in order to avoid such an incident.
“We cannot allow fans to air their views in such a manner no matter how they feel or for whatever reasons they feel informs such barbaric behaviour,” said SAFPU Secretary-General Nhlanhla Shabalala.
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