SuperSport United chairperson Khulu Sibiya has paid tribute to Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso “Jingles” Mosimane. He says Mosimane is a diligent and committed coach.

SuperSport gave the young Mosimane his first coaching job back in 2001 where he stayed until 2007.  He was only 37-years old at that time. Sibiya explains how the late Thomas Madigage persuaded him to bring Mosimane to the team.

Mosimane started as an analyst for the then SuperSport coach Bruce Grobbelaar. His task was to analyse the strength and weaknesses of the opposition teams. Sibiya says Grobbelaar admired his contribution.

The 55-year-old Mosimane eventually became the head coach after Grobbelaar was fired. He brought so much success to the team winning the SAA Supa 8 (now MTN 8) the ABSA Cup (now the Nedbank Cup).

He also helped the team to finish as runners-up for two seasons in a row in 2001-02 and 2002-03. Sibiya says he was a cup-specialist.

Sibiya was also proud of Mosimane because he went beyond his coaching duties. He says he was very close to the players and would often pay them visits.

Sibiya says Mosimane did not have the coaching qualifications at that time but gave top coaches a run for their money.

Mosimane left Matsatsantsa to join Bafana as an assistant coach to Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira. He eventually became the coach from 2010 until 2012. Sibiya says he did not want him to join Bafana because they were offering him peanuts.

Mosimane is currently riding the crest of the wave with Sundowns having won four league titles, CAF Champions League in 2016 and CAF Super Cup in 2017, Telkom Cup in 2015 and 2019, and the Nedbank Cup in 2014-2015. Sibiya says he is proud of him.

– Report by Vincent Sitsula