Pitso Mosimane’s burning desire…


Pitso Mosimane of Mamelodi Sundowns has once again spoken of his desire to produce the best international players for South Africa.

‘Jingles’ is expected to sign a new contract with the Brazilians soon, which he says it would be his last and should be worth it.

It would appear that when he finishes the next contract with the Tshwane side, it would be time for him to walk away, reading between the lines.

Earlier this year Mosimane revealed his desire to work with the youth and that dream is still very much alive.

Now 55, Mosimane appears to have targeted the age of 60 to quit topflight coaching and create, possibly, a youth academy.

“What’s in my heart is youth football. I’d like to do youth football, because nobody does youth football. People talk about youth football, what you need to do, but nobody is doing it,” said Mosimane, who guided Sundowns to their Telkom Knockout triumph by beating Maritzburg United 2-1 at Moses Mabhida Stadium at the weekend.

“I mean, look at schools football. Is there a programme for schools? That’s where I want to go – that’s my other passion and that Sundowns has to respect that.

“I need to leave my legacy. My legacy is not about trophies. I need to build my own legacy in terms of sustaining something, so that my children could say, ‘our father has left a legacy in youth football that can be sustained’.

“I’ve seen Percy (Tau) come with bad habits. I’ve seen (Bongani) Zungu come with bad habits. I’ve seen Keagan Dolly with bad habits,” he said, implying that perhaps the above-mentioned were not properly coached at youth level.

Mosimane argued that for Bafana Bafana to be a force to be reckoned with in international football, South Africa should have players in the world’s best leagues.

“We need five players in (Italian) Serie A. We need five players in French Ligue 1. We need four players in the English Premier League. We need that.

“We cannot be looking at winning the Telkom Knockout and we are heroes. No, we have more to do. We need Bafana Bafana playing very well.”


“I want to build a player for the World Cup. I want Bafana in the World Cup and not just to go there and come out of the group, but progress (to the next stage)… So that’s my next chapter.”

Mosimane once played in Greece for Ionikos FC.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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