Jonty Mark
Football Editor
2 minute read
6 May 2016
10:19 am

Mosimane – What about the colour?

Jonty Mark

Pitso Mosimane has dismissed the relevance of his colour in discussing his coaching abilities, that have seen him win two league titles in three seasons at Mamelodi Sundowns.

Pitso Mosimane (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Mosimane was the first black South African coach to win the Absa Premiership back in the 2013/14 season and has now doubled up, his Brazilians side sealing the deal with a 3-0 win at the University of Pretoria on Wednesday.

Mosimane has also won the Nedbank Cup and Telkom Knockout in his three seasons at Sundowns, to add to the SAA Supa 8 and Absa Cup titles he won at SuperSport United.

“When I won the league (last time), one of you guys told me two days before, ‘if you win the league you are the first black coach to win the league’. For me, ‘what about the colour?'” said Mosimane.

“Are you a good coach? If you deserve it, you win it. With the ex-pros, like me, I am not here because I was playing for Bafana. I worked hard, I made sure I paid attention to detail. I come from afar. I need to know the starting line-up of my opponents, I watch their last three games before I play another side.

“I don’t know about local coaches, I don’t know about the colour of the coach, you just have to deliver the cup and then you continue.”

Sundowns may have won the league, but they still have one more major task before the end of the season – to make it to the group stages of the Caf Confederation Cup. Mosimane’s side face Medeama of Ghana in the first leg of their play-off match on Saturday, and Mosimane admitted it could be tricky for his side to regain focus.

“It is difficult. The guys won the league last night and we trained this morning,” he said, as he picked up another Absa Premiership Coach-of-the-Month award.

“The danger is after winning the league, do you have the motivation to go and win against Medeama? But we are here and we are professional.”

“The biggest thing for me when I came to Sundowns was to win the Champions League. We are expected to win the league, so if you win it, so what?

“We don’t celebrate much. It is the culture of Sundowns that there should be a cup at the end of the season.”