By Baron Kironde
Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has accentuated the need for African coaches to be trusted with managerial roles at all levels on the continent.
The South African met British coach Stuart Baxter in the CAF Champions League final and he beat him hands down to secure a record tenth continental title for the Red Devils.
Mosimane proved his elite mentality with that 3-0 victory over Baxter’s Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday that saw him complete two Champions League wins with the club in just two years. He highlighted trust as key.
“We (Africans) tend to just look for anybody from Europe and let them take charge, disregarding our own but it just does not add up.”
“I mean, my opponent coach in the final was European,” Mosimane noted, accounting for his historical third CAFCL trophy, he won the first with Mamelodi Sundown.
To win his first Champions League trophy with The Red Devils in his maiden season, Mosimane outsmarted Patrice Carteron, a French former professional footballer who was in charge of another Egyptian side Zamalek SC.
He lightly recounted: “The coach who was against me in the final for Zamalek was from Europe, and they even called him Mourinho.”
“We sometimes give the Europeans so much respect that we forget who we are and the potential we have.”
“Africa has all the resources and should only learn to trust its people. Why do you want to think Africans can’t win?” Mosimane reiterated before also noting.
“Algeria just won the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the coach (Djamel Belmadi) is Algerian.”
“Senegal were AFCON finalists and the coach was Aliou Cisse, a Senegalese coach who is also a former player,” he further noted.
Mosimane served as the Bafana Bafana caretaker coach for seven games in 2007, before the appointment of Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira, whom the former deputized during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
By any measure, Mosimane is, without doubt, a winner, he has particularly been a roaring success in Egypt, indicating the club’s gamble in bringing him over from Sundowns.
The South African is the first non-Egyptian African manager the club have ever appointed, but he has quite managed the storm that came with his arrival. He was thought to be ‘not good enough for Al Ahly.
The 56-year-old has however within two seasons, among other things, become the fifth coach to retain the Champions League title and the second in Al Ahly history.
That is on the background of becoming only the third man to win it with two different clubs when his side beat SC Zamalek in last year’s final.
Mosimane has won over 15 titles to his name majorly including three CAF Champions League titles, two CAF Super Cups, and lately an Egyptian Premier League title and an Egyptian Cup.
He also has two Telkom Knockout titles and, double Nedbank Cups, an ABSA Cup, one SAA Supa eight trophy and five Premier Soccer League titles.