- Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane has described what it meant to him to carry the SA flag at the start of the Rugby Championship match at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday
- Mosimane described the moment as one of the highlights of his life
- SA Rugby honoured Mosimane for his extremely successful stint with local side Mamelodi Sundowns
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso ‘Jingles’ Mosimane has opened up about what it meant to him to be the official South African flag bearer at Saturday’s Rugby Championship match when the Springboks took on the All Blacks at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
Mosimane said afterwards the moment was one of the personal highlights of his life and something he would never forget until his last breath. Mosimane said he was humbled and honoured to be chosen by SA Rugby to carry the flag.
Mosimane, no stranger to Loftus Versfeld, said he had never seen or felt Loftus like he did on Saturday afternoon. Mosimane who prefers to play Mamelodi home games at Loftus rather than Atteridgeville said he could not believe how many green jerseys were in the crowd.
Briefly.co.za gathered that SA Rugby chose to honour Mosimane for his extremely successful stint with Pretoria’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Mamelodi Sundowns. In recent years Sundowns have been a dominant force in South African and African football.
Under Mosimane the club has won three PSL titles and in 2016 brought the prestigious CAF African Champions League trophy back to Pretoria.
SowetanLive.co.za reported that SA Rugby traditionally chooses to honour a leading member of South African society with the flag bearing duties at international test matches. Mosimane was asked to lead both the Springboks and All Blacks out on Saturday.
Mosimane gushed after the match and praised the incredible atmosphere which had been generated by the Loftus faithful. Mosimane evidently enjoyed the rugby on display too.
He said it had been an incredible match right up to the last second when the All Blacks secured a last-gasp victory of an ever-improving Springbok side.
Mosimane smiled as he added that he wished he could get the rugby fans to start coming to Loftus when Mamelodi Sundowns played their matches at the iconic venue.
Previous flag bearers include South Africa’s golden boy Wade van Niekerk and last week Zelda la Grange who served as former president Nelson Mandela’s personal assistant and private secretary.
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