Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane has hit back at his detractors who suggest that his success comes as a result of having an unlimited budget to sign the best players in the country.
Mosimane has by far been one of Sundowns’ most successful coaches, winning 11 trophies in seven years. His latest being an impressive treble win which saw him scoop up the Telkom Knockout, Nedbank Cup and Absa Premiership, which bears testament to how impactful he has been since taking over the side in 2012.
Speaking to Soccer Laduma edition 1192, the 56-year-old acknowledged the support he receives from Sundowns’ billionaire owner Patrice Motsepe; however, he pointed out that this is no exception as it is a tradition that has been carried over from coaches before him who enjoyed less success.
Mosimane also shared that the financial backing he receives is no different to that of rivals Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United and the now-defunct Bidvest Wits.
“I mean, really? They say I always buy players, yet I only bought two last season – Sammy Seabi and Mauricio Affonso. Who else? Let’s see them. If you are to compare me to my direct competition, Chiefs and Pirates – and don’t make the mistake of leaving out Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United because they are also billionaires hey – who did we buy? We can’t plead poverty here,” Mosimane explained.
“You’re 100% correct because the support has always been there for any Sundowns coach. Let’s talk facts. How many players did Johan Neeskens sign here? How many players did Hristo Stoichkov bring here? The late Henri Michel, Miguel Gamondi, Angel Cappa, you name them. I mean, were they not here before me? Were they not supported? Where do they come from? Stoichkov was at Barcelona, Neeskens was Frank Rijkaart’s assistant and they even won the UEFA Champions League coaching the likes of Messi and Ronaldinho, before coming here.
“Now, Nkosi yami (My Lord), what do people want from me? Let me tell you something else, where is Makgalwa from? Mkhulise, (Motjeka) Madisha, Mkhuma, Percy Tau, Lukhubeni,” Mosimane added.
Mosimane also discusses:
- The pressure on Gavin Hunt in the Chiefs hot seat
- The emergence of local coaches in the country
- His policy of promoting youth players
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