A former Orlando Pirates player has commented on why he thinks former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane had the better of the Soweto giants with regards to winning trophies in recent years.
Mosimane is embarking on a new and exciting journey in his career to take up a role as the head coach of Egyptian giants Al Ahly, following his well-documented success in Chloorkop.
According to former Pirates striker James Mothibi, the ex-Bafana Bafana mentor managed to get the better of the Buccaneers and Kaizer Chiefs with good signings made by the Brazilians.
“With regards to Pitso winning the many trophies he won with Sundowns, it had to do with the quality players that he managed to get for the team. Pitso bought quality players who fitted in the positions he needed them in. He also had the support. Tactically, they (Sundowns players) were very organised and disciplined. Pitso pushed his players to have a winning spirt. If the players are not happy they won’t perform,” he said.
“Pitso was not the problem that Pirates and Chiefs didn’t win the league. He is an intelligent coach and has been in the game for a long time. I first noticed the quality in Pitso when I was still playing and I was with Pirates at the time. In one of the games we were leading 3-0 in the first half against his team (SuperSport United in 2005), and in the second half they beat us 4-3. There was something special he did that day for us not to get the win that would have taken us to an 18-game unbeaten run,” Mothibi added.
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