Neeskens was not a bad coach – Mosimane

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Pitso Mosimane joined Mamelodi Sundowns back in 2012 replacing Johan Neeskens who was shown the door following a string of poor results.

Eight years later, Mosimane insists that the Dutchman was not a bad coach.

Neeskens was sacked after Sundowns lost the 2012 Telkom Knockout final to Bloemfontein Celtic and he also had a bad run with the fans at Dobsonville Stadium, where he was hit with a vuvuzela. Sundowns had lost 2-0 to then Absa Premiership side, Moroka Swallows.

“When I came to Sundowns, Sundowns were playing well but not winning, I don’t think Johan Neeskens was a bad coach, no you can’t coach Barcelona and win the UEFA Champions League as an assistant coach and you are one of the legends in Dutch football,” Mosimane told Kaya FM.

“Neeskens is a legend. If you talk about the top five players of total football in the Cruyff era he is there, him and Ruud Krol [former treble-winning Orlando Pirates coach],” added the Sundowns mentor.
Affectionately known as ‘Jingles’, Mosimane is a serial winner as he has guided the ‘Brazilians’ to four Absa Premiership titles in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019 since taking over from Neeskens in 2012.

The accomplished coach has also won two Telkom Knockout Cups, the Nedbank Cup, the historic CAF Champions League in 2016 and the CAF Super Cup the following year – turning the Tshwane giants into one of the best teams on the African continent.

“When you master the way you play, you are able to bring results so I think nine trophies is bad in seven years, we can do better of course  but just win a trophy every year, one or two…I want to stay because I love the team,”said the ex-SuperSport United coach.

“I found Sundowns playing well but I found Sundowns not being able to defend because they were good going forward and they outplayed teams but lose matches so they lack a little bit of balance and I put the balance by changing the shape.” –  Pitso.

“And the way I play, like I still managed to play Lebohang Mokoena, I still managed to play Teko [Modise], [Elias] Pelembe, I found him there, I still managed to play [Katlego] ‘Killer’ Mphela and we changed and won the League the year after…I changed the shape,” he added.

“I didn’t bring the culture of playing a passing game at Mamelodi Sundowns, it has been there when [Stanley] ‘Screamer’ Tshabalala was there, let’s be honest, let’s give praise to the coaches who were there before me, they played that way,” concluded the former Bafana Bafana coach.

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