Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)
- Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is chuffed with his technical team and squad after winning the Absa Premiership title.
- The former Bafana Bafana mentor is confident that South Africa boasts enough talent but feels opportunities aren’t given to locals.
- He believes football in the country needs to change its ways in order for the game to improve on and off the pitch.
Following Mamelodi Sundowns’ title triumph last weekend, head coach Pitso Mosimane has stressed the importance of “local is lekker”.
Masandawana bagged a third consecutive Absa Premiership title after beating Black Leopards 3-0, while Kaizer Chiefs’ 1-1 draw with Baroka FC saw Amakhosi finish second.
Mosimane feels football in the country “needs to transform and change” and he’d like to see more opportunities given to local technical staff members.
“There is a perception in my country. It’s not about football. It’s everything that a black man cannot do… and I’m not throwing a racial card here. I don’t need to do that,” the 56-year-old said.
“In my technical team… you know what I always say ‘local is lekker’… I’ve got English, I’ve got Greek, I’ve got a Xhosa guy, got a Zulu guy. I’ve got everything… It’s a rainbow nation in the technical team.
“We need to believe in our own people. It doesn’t mean when somebody comes from Europe [they] are better than what we have in the country. That is my message… and I am trying to drive the message to our own people here. We have the material here.
“I’m from the township, Manqoba (Mngqithi) is from the township, coach Wendell (Robinson) is not from the suburbs.
“We have those people here in this country, but we always like to fill our benches with people from outside, and I am not saying we shouldn’t have people from outside to come into the country, but first look what we have inside here.”
The record-breaking Mosimane, who now boasts five league titles with Sundowns, says that there is no need to fill up benches with Europeans.
In the PSL’s top flight, four teams currently have foreign coaches – Kaizer Chiefs (Ernst Middendorp – Germany), Orlando Pirates (Josef Zinnbauer – Germany), Cape Town City (Jan Olde Riekerink – Netherlands) and Baroka FC (Dylan Kerr – England).
“All my technical team and my analysts have degrees. My doctor, physio, biokineticist … why are we looking at Europe? When we have it here? They went to Tuks (University of Pretoria), UJ (University of Johannesburg)… credible universities,” Mosimane continued.
“That’s the point I am trying to drive… to say Steve Komphela (Golden Arrows coach) can make it, Mandla Ncikazi (Arrows assistant coach). We have the people here, but we doubt our people, this country doubts our people.
“So, local is lekker and this trophy is for the local coaches. We have the material. We don’t have to go and fill our benches with European coaches when we have the people. South African football has to transform and change,” the former Bafana Bafana coach concluded.