It is not about titles – Pitso

Pitso Mosimane, head coach of Mamelodi Sundowns (Photo by Philip Maeta/Gallo Images)

Pitso Mosimane, head coach of Mamelodi Sundowns (Photo by Philip Maeta/Gallo Images)

If there is one coach in the Absa Premiership who probably has the right to boast about his achievements it has to be Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, whose Downs coaching career has been a trophy-laden one.

However, the former Bafana Bafana coach wants to remain humble, insisting that he does not chase individual glory.

“Don’t be too much about yourself. It is like people who have got degrees, they put them on the walls and when you go to their offices you see those things. But what about those things? What are you doing at the moment? I am not worried about the cups that I have won. I want to win the next game, that is what drives me,” said Mosimane, whose side will be in line to win the Absa Premiership title for the third time on the trot next season.

“I am not chasing these back-to-back titles and all that, that doesn’t help with anything. If you want to look at the numbers and all of that, you can just look at Steve Komphela and trace where he was. He is probably in the right space because when he looks back where he was, he says ‘wow, I have done a good job’. The New Zealand All Blacks say you must leave the jersey at the top so that when the next person comes they must take it from the top.

“If you are chasing all of these things about yourself, it is not going to help you because football teaches you a lesson. Look at Pep Guardiola when he got knocked out of the Uefa Champions League, he was shattered,” said Mosimane.

He added: “There are so many people who have won cups but they don’t know how they have won them. There are people who have not won cups but they are doing exceptionally well but luck has not been there for them to win it. There are people who have won things but where are they now? What has Mauricio Pochettino won at Spurs? Does that make him a bad coach? It is not about the cups but what you are doing at the moment.”

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