Pitso shocked by Benni axing

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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says he is shocked at the axing of Benni McCarthy by Cape Town City, saying the former Bafana Bafana striker was an inspiration to all coaches in the country.

The Citizens ended their two-and-a-quarter year marriage with the 42-year-old 10 days ago after a run of just one win in nine matches this season.

However, McCarthy’s side had drawn five of their games, with luck seemingly evading them in 2019/20.

Mosimane, though, believes City should have stuck with the legendary former South Africa forward, who won them the MTN8 last year.

Mosimane also said he felt hurt when the likes of Clinton Larsen and Cavin Johnson were let go by Chippa United and AmaZulu earlier in the season.

He pointed to the two clubs’ current predicament – they occupy the bottom two positions on the league table – saying those that have replaced them, foreign duo Norman Mapeza and Jozef Vukisic respectively, have hardly made much difference.

Mosimane also questioned the logic of bringing foreign coaches, who had won little over the years, to South Africa.

He says those same foreign countries would never give him a job even though he had such a glittering CV that has seen him win umpteen titles domestically and even the top prize on the continent in the form of the Champions League.

The Sundowns boss says it would have been more sensible to stick with a young coach like McCarthy and allow him, as a South African, to grow.

Meanwhile, Lamontville Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela has spoken about the pressures of Rhulani Mokwena’s job at Orlando Pirates. The interim Buccaneers’ boss has been under fire for failing to produce the right results in Soweto.

However, Komphela, who spent three seasons coaching rivals Kaizer Chiefs, said it was not always easy satisfying the fans of South Africa’s two biggest clubs. But the former Bafana Bafana captain felt that the Pirates job can make Mokwena into a better man and coach. Report by Thahir Asmal