Pitso Mosimane : A Cut Above The Rest
Posted: 6 September 2020
December 2012, Mamelodi Sundowns were in a self-destructive mode when they were languishing in the relegation zone, the club had to act swiftly in order to remain in this league, never mind make it to the top eight.
The club’s owner and President Dr. Patrice Motsepe , alongside his board, sacked Dutch born coach Johan Neeskens, who needed a heavy police escort to depart the stadium in the capital.
Enter Mogale-City born gaffer Pitso Mosimane, who was fresh from his unjust sacking from the national team. The tactician in his first season had to stabilise the team, and that he did, going on to finish 10th in the league, and the first time to ever finish outside the top two under his guidance and tutelage.
This was no ordinary appointment, this was a man who had to prove himself again, a man the nation questioned his abilities, but as in the bible, David beat Goliath with a stone, and Jingles had to work extremely hard to prove his doubters wrong.
He changed a lot in his infant stages at the club; this was no longer a club signing anyone and everybody; the culture changed, players had to watch their own games and analyse their performances, training became more direct, technical, tactical and strategic planning was one aspect he got right.
In his seven and half years at the club, there has been a lot of challenges for him, and quite rightly so because it is a plum appointment, but he stood firm, believed, put in the hours, demanded a lot from his players and technical team.
The 56-year-old has now led the club he so much loves and cares about to a history-making La Decima, a 10th ABSA Premiership Title, the African Champions League, the African Super Cup and countless knockout tournaments.
This is no ordinary man, this is a man of substance, dedication, perseverance, sacrifice, and passion. He is Pitso John Hamilton Mosimane, a master tactician who has won the title with his beloved Sundowns for a 5th time in 7 years, becoming the most successful coach in the history of South African football. South Africa, take a bow and embrace your son!
Selebalo Karabo Phasha