On this day 8 years ago, Pitso ‘Jingles’ Mosimane took up the reins at Mamelodi Sundowns, and FARPost runs the rule over Mosimane’s success at Chloorkop.
Born in Kagiso township, Mosimane is one of the longest-serving and most decorated coaches in the South African football top-flight, having won multiple major trophies with Bafana Ba Style between 2012 and 2020.
Mosimane inherited a Sundowns side which was struggling in the top division when he was announced as the head coach on 2 December 2012.
Since joining the Brazilians, Mosimane led the club to an impressive 5 Premiership Soccer League (PSL) titles‚ CAF Champions League‚ CAF Super Cup‚ 2 Telkom Knockout Cups and the Nedbank Cup.
The two-time CAF Champions League winner guided Masandawana to a record-breaking of the highest-ever points haul in the history of the local game when they amassed 71 points in the 2015/16 season.
“Jingles” clinched his 5th PSL title as coach after he dramatically captured the title from Kaizer Chiefs on the last day of the 2019/20 Absa Premier League fixtures, making him the PSL’s most decorated coach.
In December 2016, the 56-year-old mentor was ranked as the 10th best coach in the world according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS). The following year, Mosimane won the Coach of the Year accolade at the 2016 Glo-CAF awards in Abuja, Nigeria.
Speaking to FARPost, his former assistant coach, now Mamelodi Sundowns’ co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi described Mosimane as a kind person‚ very generous friendly person‚ with such a sense of humour that many people are not aware of and he believes that Mosimane transformed Sundowns a lot in his 8-year stint at the club.
Mosimane’s statistics at the Tshwane-based outfit proves that he has had a remarkable journey. He maintained a 56,72%-win rate in all matches for the 10-time PSL league champions, having won 190 games out of 335 matches, 78 draws and lost 67 games.
In late September 2020, Mosimane resigned as Mamelodi Sundowns coach and headed to join Egyptian giants, Al Ahly.
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By Mauwane Raophala