Pitso “Jingles” Mosimane, the man who became the first black sub-Saharan African to coach Al Ahly in their 113-year history has urged more South African coaches to seek jobs across the continent.
Mosimane says it is about time SA coaches come out of their shell and take up jobs on the African continent to “test themselves” as the decorated coach considers mentors like Eric Tinkler more than qualified to lead some big African clubs.
“I’d like to encourage my colleagues, the coaches in SA that you don’t know [about continental football] until you’re on the other side. I knew [about it when I was still at Mamelodi Sundowns] but not as much as I know now,’’ said Mosimane during a Zoom conference with the SA Football Journalists’ Association (Safja) on Wednesday.
“There are good coaches in SA who should test themselves on the continent. I mean in our [Caf Champions League] group we’ve got Simba [from Tanzania]. I’d be so disappointed to hear none of the SA coaches have even applied and try to coach Simba, a team that’s always making group stages.’’
Mosimane is of the opinion that Eric Tinkler is more than capable of coaching Simba.
Already according to multiple reports, Tinkler along with Clinton Larsen are linked with a move to Simba as they have been shortlisted to succeed Belgian coach Sven Vandenbroeck, who was recently sacked by Simba.
“We can’t settle for what we always have at home. We have the quality to do that [coach some of the continental giants]. People like Tinkler, are out of jobs now. I mean you can’t be doing the same thing every time like a hamster on a wheel.
“He [Tinkler] has a CV to coach Simba. I am not saying he must go there. He’s been to the Champions League final [and] to the Confed Cup final…he’s got experience, he’s got the biggest CV, more than the Europeans who come and don’t understand what African football is about.”
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi