Pitso: Patriotic Football Messiah

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The name Pitso Mosimane is succinctly characterized by offensive verbal allergy, confrontation, mind-games, opposition mockering and own-club administrative mopping.

This maybe due to supreme competitive zeal, the nerve to win at all costs or the bigger mandate expected from thou.

Over the years, he has played for the smallest and biggest teams, locally and abroad. Nurtured by the best coaching brains football money can buy, Ted Dumitru, Jomo Sono and Carlos Alberto Parreira. Hence a plethora of mixed emotional syndrome should be anticipated given his football-coaching apprentice.

Yet, on Saturday 17th July, Mosimane became the most successful and decorated club coach in Africa when his Al Ahly side pipped Chiefs 3-0 in the 2021 CAF Champions League Final.

Putting this victory in its true perspective, demonstrate a remarkable feat for the Kagiso-born and Soweto-raised mentor.

In subjecting myself to the real Pitso Mosimane statistics, one is confronted with the reality of a mentor who has captured all cups in SA and Egypt. The following accolades are under Mosimane’s resume:

• 5 SA Premiership titles
• 1 MTN 8 Cup
• 3 Nedbank Cups
• 2 Telkom Knockout Cups
• 2 CAF Super Cups
• 1 Egyptian Super Cup
• 1 Egyptian Premier League
• 3 CAF Champions League Cups

These managerial accomplishments bear testimony to a section of the football crazy population in both countries, where Mosimane has delivered silverware to call him otherwise. In Soweto, the Sundowns supporters immortalized him and in Kagiso the residents are planning a mother of all celebrations. Perhaps the more endearing message, is the prophetic ascension to a Messiah, i.e., a leader regarded as the saviour of a particular country, group, or cause. Maybe the “club’s supporters may be be tempted to regard him as a messiah rather than a manager”.

Mosimane’s fits the bill for claiming this coveted prize of being a football-coaching Messiah by virtue of the following:

• Serial-winner par excellence
• Chronic believer in possession-based football
• Application of a game-model that suits the African child
• Selective arrogance needed in football management
• Protection of his players and the badge
• Embracing Science and Performance Analysis
• Ability to embrace others and their descending values
• Promote and develop players and coaches
• Transcending racial stereotypes to promote multiculturalism and football diversity.

The only acts left of Pitso Mosimane to achieve, can be found in the books of John 6:16-24 (walking on water) and John 9:1-7 (healing the man blind from birth). As he continues to navigate a 10-point deficit in the Egyptian league, a pending CAF Super Cup with red-hot Raja Casablanca and Club World Cup agenda with the likes of Chelsea, who can doubt that Mosimane is a living football-coaching Messiah from Mzansi?

By FARPost