Pitso Mosimane

Pitso 'Jingles' Mosimane (born 26 July 1964) is a South African football manager and former player who is the current manager of Al Ahly in the Egyptian Premier League.

Pitso Mosimane
Personal information
Full name Pitso John Hamilton Mosimane
Date of birth (1964-07-26) 26 July 1964 (age 57)
Place of birth Kagiso, Gauteng, South Africa
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Al Ahly (manager)
Youth career
Rockville Hungry Lions
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1984 Jomo Cosmos 27 (7)
1985 Mamelodi Sundowns 19 (1)
1986 Jomo Cosmos 31 (9)
1987 Mamelodi Sundowns 9 (0)
1988 Jomo Cosmos 14 (11)
1989 Orlando Pirates 18 (0)
1989–1995 Ionikos 34 (5)
1995 KFC Rita Berlaar 37 (15)
1996 Al Sadd 12 (0)
Total 179 (48)
National team
1993–1994 South Africa 4 (1)
Teams managed
2001–2007 Supersport United
2006–2010 South Africa (Assistant coach)
2010–2012 South Africa
2012–2020 Mamelodi Sundowns
2020– Al Ahly
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Born in Kagiso,[1] Mosimane is one of the longest serving and most decorated coaches in all of South African football, having won multiple major trophies with SuperSport United between 2001 and 2007 and Mamelodi Sundowns between 2012 and 2020.

Club careerEdit

Mosimane started his senior career at Jomo Cosmos, then he played for Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates, before joining Greek club Ionikos to play under coach Nikos Alefantos. He later joined Belgian team KFC Rita Berlaar and Qatari club Al Sadd.

Coaching careerEdit

Mosimane was an assistant coach to the under-11 players during his tenure with the Belgian club KFC Rita Berlaar, then he returned to South Africa to coach Mamelodi Sundowns reserves.[2]

Supersport UnitedEdit

Mosimane joined Supersport United as an assistant coach to Bruce Grobbelaar, then he became the head coach from 2001 until 2007, where he finished second in 2001–02 and 2002–03 in the Premier Soccer League.

South Africa national teamEdit

Mosimane served as the caretaker coach of the South African national team, nicknamed as Bafana Bafana, for seven games in 2007, prior to the appointment of Carlos Alberto Parreira as head coach of the national team, whom Mosimane served as an assistant coach under during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He also served as assistant to Joel Santana during the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, Parreira's successor and later predecessor.

On 15 July 2010, Mosimane was named as the new head coach of South Africa and was handed a four-year contract.[3] He won his first game in charge in a 1–0 win over World Cup quarter-finalists Ghana. South Africa failed to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations after Mosimane mistakenly played for a draw in the final qualifier against Sierra Leone, when in fact a victory was required.[4]

Mamelodi SundownsEdit

In 2012, Mosimane became the manager of Mamelodi Sundowns. He won the 2016 CAF Champions League with Mamelodi Sundowns after defeating Egypt's Zamalek 3–1 on aggregate,[5] making them the 2nd South African side to win it after Orlando Pirates in 1995.

In December 2016, Mosimane was ranked as the 10th best coach in the world for 2016, according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics[6] (IFFHS).

On 5 January 2017, Mosimane won the Coach of the Year accolade at the 2016 Glo-CAF awards in Abuja, Nigeria after guiding Mamelodi Sundowns to league glory in 2015–16 and claiming the Telkom Knockout trophy which meant Mosimane stood alone as the only coach to have made a clean sweep of all domestic trophies in the PSL era.[7]

On 6 April 2019, Mosimane led his team Mamelodi Sundowns to a 5–0 win against Egyptian club Al Ahly in the 2018–19 CAF Champions League quarter-finals,[8] in which he won 5–1 on aggregate to reach the semi-finals.

Mosimane is generally regarded as the most successful manager in South African football history, winning five ABSA Premiership titles with Mamelodi Sundowns.[9] In late September 2020, Mosimane resigned as Mamelodi Sundowns coach.[10]

Al AhlyEdit

On 30 September 2020, Mosimane was announced to be the head coach of Al Ahly.[11]

On 27 November 2020, Mosimane led Al Ahly to their 9th CAF Champions league title, after winning the 2020 final against their rivals Zamalek,[12] and to qualify to the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup,[13] where they eventually finished in third place after beating Palmeiras on penalties.[14] On December 6th 2020, he led Al Ahly to win the Egyptian Cup. He guided the football club to win the final of the African Super Cup in Doha Qatar.[15]

On 17 July 2021, Al Ahly won their second CAF Champions league title under Mosimane and their 10th in total after a 3–0 win over Kaizer Chiefs in the final.[16]

Career statisticsEdit

InternationalEdit

Team Year Apps Goals
South Africa 1993 2 1
1994 2 0
Total 4 1

Managerial statsEdit

Statistics accurate as of 25 November 2021.

Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Supersport United   1 July 2001 30 June 2007 184 83 53 48 045.11
South Africa   15 July 2010 5 June 2012 17 6 8 3 035.29
Mamelodi Sundowns   2 December 2012 30 September 2020 332 187 78 67 056.33
Al Ahly SC   30 September 2020 Present 75 55 16 4 073.33
Total 608 331 155 122 054.44

Honours and achievementsEdit

PlayerEdit

Ionikos

ManagerEdit

Supersport United

Mamelodi Sundowns

Al Ahly

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pitso John Mosimane". South African History Online.
  2. ^ "The incredible coaching journey of Pitso Mosimane". magzter.com. February 2020.
  3. ^ Edwards, Piers (15 July 2010). "Pitso Mosimane unveiled as new coach of South Africa". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 15 July 2010.
  4. ^ "South Africa miss out on Africa Cup of Nations after misreading rules". Guardian News and Media Limited. Reuters. 9 October 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Sundowns crowned African champions". www.enca.com. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  6. ^ Koza, Neo. "Better than Wenger: Pitso Mosimane makes world coaching top 10". Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  7. ^ www.realnet.co.uk. "Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane named CAF Coach of the Year". Kick Off. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  8. ^ "By The Numbers: Mamelodi Sundowns 5-0 Al Ahly". Goal.com. 7 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Pitso Mosimane looks to break more new ground in Egypt". BBC Sport. 1 October 2020.
  10. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Pitso Mosimane resigns as Sundowns coach, set to join Al Ahly". Times Live. 30 September 2020.
  11. ^ "OFFICIAL: Pitso Mosimane appointed Al Ahly head coach". Kingfut.com. 30 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Pitso: South Africa has lot of respect for Al Ahly, half of Sundowns fans support the Reds". kingfut.com. 28 November 2020.
  13. ^ "Club World Cup: Al Ahly's 'Chosen One' coach draws strength from Nelson Mandela". CNN. 3 February 2021.
  14. ^ "Al Ahly beat Palmeiras to clinch third place at Club World Cup". BBC Sport. 11 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Al Ahly v RSB Berkane Match Report, 5/28/21, CAF Super Cup | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  16. ^ "Egypt's Al Ahly beat Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 to win record tenth African crown". BBC Sport. 18 July 2021.
  17. ^ "Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane wins PSL Manager of the Season Award". kingfut.com. 22 October 2020.

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