To be announced as the December Coach of the Month when he’s away with his team on continental duty talks to the level Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane is operating at.

At the Absa Premiership monthly awards announcement on Thursday, he beat the likes of Chippa United head coach Norman Mapeza and Bidvest Wits’ head coach Gavin Hunt to this award.

Sundowns won two matches and drew one against Wits in December to finish the year second on the log behind Kaizer Chiefs.

Mosimane, who is away on CAF Champions League duty in Angola where they play Petro de Luanda on Saturday, says it’s good to win this award on the back of such a hectic programme.

Even in December, Sundowns had a hectic programme, winning the Telkom Knockout beating Maritzburg United in Durban, drawing away to Wydad Casablanca in Morocco and coming to beat Stellenbosch FC 3-1 at home.

They also spent their Christmas Day in Algeria where they beat USM Alger 1-0 three days later.

Mosimane says it’s important for Sundowns to continue hoisting the flag of South Africa high in continental football.

For the past six seasons, Sundowns have always finished in the top two in the league and also competed regularly in the CAF Champions’ League group stages under Mosimane.

They are currently seven points behind Chiefs on the log with 12 matches to go this season.

They only play their next game in the league against Chippa United on the 15th of February.

The 2016 African Coach of the Year says this recognition will give his team some motivation ahead of this weekend’s game where they are looking to consolidate their place in the top spot having confirmed qualification to the last eight already.


Report by Velile Mnyandu