The South African Football Coaches Association (SAFCA) would like to condemn in the strongest terms the shameful treatment meted out to Al Ahly coach and former Mamelodi Sundowns mentor, Pitso Mosimane, by some unruly Mamelodi Sundowns fans.
In an already well-documented incident ahead of the two clubs’ CAF Champions League clash, fans wearing Mamelodi Sundowns regalia were seen blocking the Al Ahly bus making its way to the Lucas Moripe Stadium, chanting and hurling all sorts of unprintable profanities.
That was uncalled for, inhumane, shameful and must never be tolerated.
“The attack was not just an attack on Mosimane and his club, but it was also an attack on the coaching profession in its entirety and we cannot have a situation where the safety of our esteemed technicians and players is compromised. But furthermore, the attack was also an attack on the image of football in the country. It is for this reason that we make a call for all those who can be identified to be brought to book and be banned from the game as a matter of urgency. Failure to do so would run the risk of condoning hooliganism in what is known as the beautiful that,” says SAFCA President, Greg Mashilo.
SAFCA further calls on Mamelodi Sundowns to expedite the investigation into the matter to send out strong message in our collective quest to root our football of such bad elements.