On Friday, 26 July, Pitso Mosimane turned 55 years old and we decided to honour him by taking a look at his life and career.
The Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Pitso Mosimane, celebrated his 55th birthday on Friday. In honour of his birthday, Briefly.co.za gathered five quick facts about his life and career.
1. Early life
He was born Pitso John Hamilton Mosimane on 26 July, 1964, in Kagiso - a township situated in the Krugersdorp, Gauteng.
2. Early start as a mid-fielder under the guidance of Jomo Sono
In 1982, an 18-year-old Mosimane made his professional debut at the Jomo Cosmos. Mosimane was a seasoned player, playing for major SA clubs such as the Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.
3. An expensive player
In 1985, the Mamelodi Sundowns splashed R60 000 to get Mosimane to make the move to Pretoria. This was a considerable sum at the time.
4. Bafana Bafana debut goal
In 1993, Mosimane was chosen to play for the South African national team. During his debut match at Bafana Bafana, Mosimane scored a goal.
The goal, which was scored during a friendly against Mauritius, would become his only international goal in the four games he played in the Bafana colours.
5. Top coach
Mosimane has been dubbed one of the world's top soccer coaches. In 2016, the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) named Mosimane the 10th best coach in the world.
The 55-year-old won several major trophies with SuperSport United between 2001 and 2007, making him one of the most highly-rated coaches in Mzansi and the world.
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