Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says he is not looking for the Bafana Bafana coaching job but willing to share his knowledge and resources to help the national team to “come up”.
“I need the national team to come up also. We can do this thing. We can do it. If we team up, we come up together and we share resources and information, we can do it,” said Mosimane.
“You know I am not looking for a post for Bafana. I am focused here. If I wanted it, I could have long made myself available,” reiterated the Sundowns mentor.
Mosimane’s Sundowns, who won the CAF Champions League in 2016, emerged from the group stages of the 2019/20 Champions League campaign without a loss ending as the leaders in Group C following their 1-0 win over Wydad Casablanca at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Sundowns, under Mosimane’s tutelage, have grown in leaps and bounds on the continent.
The Soweto-born coach commands respect on the African continent especially in the north, where he is a recognised figure. “I mean I am just a local coach from South Africa but it’s unbelievable the respect and the response I get from them. I don’t know.
“It’s good for my country. It’s good for us, South Africa. They believe in me. They give me a chance. They put me on TV to analyse their games and I don’t even speak Arabic so it’s humbling when you get that and you get respected,” said Mosimane.
That Sundowns have fared well against North African clubs, who have dominated the continent for decades, gives a glimmer of hope that it can rub off on Bafana to rise to be a force once again.
Mosimane feels Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates should join them on the continental campaign.
“South Africans can turn things around if they want to. You know that. We need that consistency. We need Pirates, we need Chiefs, and we need these big teams to compete at this level.
“They must get experience. The more we show Zamalek, Al Ahly, USMA and Wydad that we can do it, it’s the more the country, national team, must believe. We are getting there as a country,” added Mosimane.
South Africa’s Sundowns, TP Mazembe (DRC), Wydad, Raja Casablanca (Morocco), Zamalek, Al Ahly (Egypt), Etoile du Sahel and ES Tunis (Tunisia) have qualified for the quarterfinals.
The draw will be held in Cairo this coming Wednesday, February 5.
By Hosea Ramphekwa