- Pitso Mosimane has urged South Africans to have faith in local coaches
- Mosimane is a well-known name in the soccer industry and is also known for being very outspoken on issues that may be deemed sensitive
- Mosimane spoke out about having South Africans of all races in his team and how he likes to keep things local
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has reportedly urged South African soccer bosses to have more faith in local coaches. This comes after Mamelodi Sundowns bagged the 10th ABSA Premiership title.
The 56-year-old took over the coaching position at Sundowns back in 2012 and managed to lead them to a win in the 2013/14 season. The 10th title win for Sundowns in turn made Mosimane the most successful coach in SA.
Mosimane is known for being outspoken and recently spoke about local coaches not being respected in the country. Mosimane is also the first coach locally (and internationally) to achieve five Premiership titles.
According to SowetanLive, Mosimane said he was not playing "the race card":
"In my technical team‚ I have English‚ Greek‚ Indian‚ Coloured‚ Xhosa‚ Zulu and everything that you can think of. It’s the rainbow nation and I like to keep it local."
IOL also reported that Mosimane spoke about perceptions that people have about black men. He said:
“There is a perception in my country, and it’s not about football, that ‘a black man cannot do this’.”
Mosimane said that there were a lot of people in SA that liked to "fill benches with people from outside".
In other sports news, Briefly.co.za previously reported on Kaizer Chiefs showing Ernst Middendorp the door. Ernst Middendorp has been shown the door by Kaizer Chiefs Club Chair Kaizer Motaung and his fellow management team. Their decision to let him go comes only days after the team was defeated by Sundowns in the ABSA Premiership Championship match.
“We deliberated and considered many aspects related to the team, including our way of playing, our performances and the results, before coming to the decision," said Motaung in an official statement.
Middendorp joined the team in 2018 and has led them to the ninth position in the premiership. A few months later, he also got the team to the Nedbank Cup, which subsequently ended in an embarrassing 1-0 defeat by TS Galaxy.
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