Pitso Mosimane staying put at Downs


Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane wants to stay at the club for the long haul.

The 55-year-old gaffer’s contract expires next month, and he says he does not want to start “new things” elsewhere.

Mosimane kept his followers guessing for hours on Sunday after posting “announcement loading” on his official Twitter account. Much to the disappointment of the club’s fans, the announcement was that he has taken “full control” of his Instagram page.

Naturally, his future with the Brazilians has been a subject of speculation, weeks before his deal expires. The 2016 Caf Coach of the Year told Newsroom Afrika he would do “what is right” for him and his family.

“The situation can say yes there are teams that you can go coach that are available wherever, in any part of the continent. Then I should say ‘do I want to go there and start that’ or ‘do I want to continue with what I have’. So, it depends on what is important for me. The Sundowns people love me, the team loves me, and the players, Patrice Motsepe (club owner) supports me. I am happy with my team. I am with the boys,” Mosimane told the news channel.

The former Bafana Bafana coach has turned Sundowns into continental heavyweights since joining them in 2012. His ingenuity has not gone unnoticed as Qatar and North Africa clubs have come knocking for his signature.

“Sometimes do not look on the other side. You do not want to uproot your family and start new things and all that. I am happy to be here, and I am committed. That’s what I think is good for my family.”

Without a doubt, Mosimane is one of the most successful coaches in PSL history after amassing an impressive nine trophies in his seven-and-a-half years with Masandawana.

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. Overall, the astute tactician has won 11 titles in his glittering coaching career which he launched with SuperSport United in 2001.

Interestingly, none of the current crop of coaches in South Africa has been with a single PSL team longer than Mosimane has been contracted to the Brazilians.

Gavin Hunt is the only other coach who has been loyal to one team having already been with Bidvest Wits for seven years since leaving Matsatsantsa in May 2013.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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