One of Botswana’s brightest coaching minds Daniel ‘Chicco Dance’ Nare says Mamelodi Sundowns boss Pitso Mosimane is meticulous when it comes to preparation for matches.
Nare, currently at the helm of BTC Premiership side Security Systems, believes that is the reason the former Bafana Bafana coach has turned Sundowns into continental heavyweights since joining them in 2012. The Kagiso-born mentor has bagged four League titles, two Telkom Knockout Cup trophies and a Nedbank Cup on top of the Caf Champions League and Caf Super Cup titles won in 2016 and 2017.
And the man popularly known as Chicco believes Mosimane’s credentials are by no means a fluke. He has memories of the six weeks he spent with Mosimane in Cologne, Germany, where they undertook the 31st International Football Coaching training 13 years ago.
“I remember he had just been appointed assistant coach to (Carlos Alberto) Parreira in February 2007 when we met in Cologne. I was the national Under 23 coach for Botswana. Thereafter, he would call me and ask me for inside information each time Bafana was playing the Zebras. The man is intelligent when it comes to football, he is always thinking of the next game,” he says.
Nare recalls a time Mosimane met with him at the OR Tambo International Airport to enquire about the Zebras’ strengths. He has also not forgotten how Mosimane would burn the midnight oil, just to “stay ahead of everyone”.
“I was traveling to Egypt from OR Tambo one time when he came to the airport to have a chat with me about the Zebras. The man is thorough in getting his teams ready for matches. I relate with coaches from all over, but I’ve never had any coach ask for information as comprehensive and exhaustive as he did. In fact, he was even carrying a notebook on the day. He actually took notes,” Nare says.
He reveals how, at one point, he had to lean on Mosimane for brotherly counsel. Dejected after the team he was coaching had been relegated, he visited the man who has amassed an impressive nine trophies in his seven-and-a-half years with Masandawana.
“He was really encouraging. He shared with me how it took him about 12 years to win his first League title. He told me it does not mean you’re not a good coach. He ended up sharing with me how one can coach a national team since I was Under 23 national team coach where there is barely time to work with players. I’ve carried that thing with me till today over a decade since he taught me,” he says.
Nare was on the verge of putting up a strong challenge to win his first League title when Covid-19 shut the door on football activities in the diamond-rich nation.
He has transformed a relatively small, underfunded side into a title-chasing side. They are two points behind log leaders Jwaneng Galaxy with 10 games to go in the 2019/20 season.
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By Mthokozisi Dube