South Africa’s top coach moves ‘out of comfort zone’ to Egypt


PITSO Mosimane, one of Africa’s successful coaches has left South Africa’s top team, Mamelodi Sundowns, because he wanted to push himself out of his comfort zone.

Mosimane, who won the 2019/20 league title as well as the Nedbank Cup, dropped a bombshell when he announced that he was parting ways with the club he had managed for eight years.

He is scheduled to be unveiled as the new coach of Egyptian top team Al Ahly. The appointment would be historic for Mosimane, who would become the first South African coach to manage an Egyptian team.

In his farewell letter to the team’s supporters, Mosimane spoke of the difficulty of leaving a team that had become his home.

He said he was leaving Sundowns to take up a challenge that would push him out of his comfort zone.

“I know that Mamelodi Sundowns will use this as a fresh and new perspective. While I had four years remaining on my contract, this offer is a huge opportunity for me that would not have come  had I not had the privilege to be part of a team that led Mamelodi Sundwons in winning the CAF Champions League and reaching the Club World Cup finals.

“I am the first to admit that in this journey there were mistakes and hiccups, but there were more laughs, victories, success and camaraderie. And this I take with me to my next destination, never to accentuate the challenges over the achievements,” Mosimane said.

He paid a special tribute to the owner of the team Dr Patrice Motsepe.

“Mamelodi Sundowns has been my family for almost eight years. The President Dr Patrice Motsepe has been like a father to me. He has been a mentor, a friend, a supporter and a confidante. I could never quit him or Sundowns,” he said.

Mosimane is a former national coach of the South African national soccer team, Bafana Bafana. He also coached Super Sport,  which campaigns in the South African Premier Soccer League.

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