By Isaac Ndou
PRETORIA: After clinching this season’s Absa Premiership title, Pitso Mosimane has now proved to pundits that his name is one to be reckoned with following his successes in recent years.
Mosimane joined the Brazilians in 2012 as a replacement for Dutch international coach Johan Neskeens and has tasted nothing but success at the Chloorkop club, becoming a darling for the Sundowns fans. Despite facing challenges at the club, Pitso remained intact and has proven his worth.
Jingles has won the 2013/2014 league title, 2015/2016 league title, Nedbank Cup in 2014, Telkom Knockout in 2015, the prestigious Caf Champions League in 2016 and the recent league title he clinched in the past weekend to add to his medal cabinet.
Apart from club accolades he has accumulated, Mosimane has been named coach of the month more than 10 times, named coach of of the season two times and named once as Africa’s coach of the year to make his name one to be reckoned with across the African continent.
One would argue that Pitso is succeeding at the club because he has a star studded team but if that was the case, then all the coached who worked at Sundowns would have tasted success as much as he has. Pitso has instilled discipline and dedication amongst his players, something previous coaches failed to do.
There was a time the Sundowns fans were calling for Mosimane’s head during a tough phase at the club but the former Bafana Bafana coach stood firm and showed mental strength to soldier on and reclaim the hearts of the supporters by winning prominent competitions.
His success has led to club owner Patrice Motsepe saying that he would like to keep Mosimane at the club forever, something the club boss has been battling with in terms of finding an established coach for the club.
His outspoken character and acknowledgement of others work has made him he a strong coach that he is. He recently refused to accept the coach of the season award, insisting that it is deserved by Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids.