Yes we can!” Mosimane does it for black coaches

sundownsPitso Mosimane, Head coach of Mamelodi Sundowns, the newly crowned 2013/14 Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions, has vindicated himself and emphatically silenced detractors who questioned the capabilities of local black football coaches to deliver in top flight football. He has become the first black coach in the PSL era to win the championship.

Mosimane’s ‘imported’ predecessors cost the club a fortune in salaries and did not pay their dues, in spite of their mammoth reputations. Temperamental Hristo Stoichkov was a 1994 World Cup semi-finalist with Bulgaria and standoffish Johan Neeskens, part of the illustrious Dutch Side of 1974 who perfected the system of passing opponents into submission called ‘total football’. Both might have been consummate players in their heyday with Barcelona, but, on evidence of their spells with Sundowns, did not make good coaches.

Instead of claiming that he lost his job as the coach of Bafana Bafana ‘because I am black’, Mosimane dusted himself from the fall, took it like a man and soldiered on. Taking charge of a Sundown’s side that was spoiled for choice in highly paid talent but devoid of team spirit, he had work cut out for him. Backed by a technical team, that had, amongst others, former Golden Arrows Coach, Manqoba Mngqithi, and former Sundown Player, Alex Bapela, Mosimane made the players understand that talent counted for nothing without unity of purpose.

If he needed to be blunt to get his message across, Mosimane pulled no punches. “I told Teko (Modise) that you are at age where you don’t need to be flashy,” says Mosimane, whose coaching methods and candour are likened to Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho’s. Then, Teko didn’t take kindly to what Mosimane said, but now he has won his first championship and is in contention for the 2014 PSL Player of the Year. Result: Team work 1 Ego 0!

Who said black local coaches can’t do it? Just give them a chance!

Patrice Motsepe, Chairman of Mamelodi Sundowns, has been lauded for giving Mosimane a chance to prove himself. His decision is proof positive of the dividends of voluntary transformation in organisations.

For those not willing to put their houses in order, Minister of Sports, Fikile Mbalula, issued a stern warning: ­“The national anthem, national colours and national symbols can no longer be used to honour and decorate events of racist, sexist and divisive sports bodies.

“No teams or individuals participating in major events at home and abroad will receive government support if they are not responsive to the transformation needs of their sector.”

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6 thoughts on “Yes we can!” Mosimane does it for black coaches

    1. You’re spot on Meth. We are not confident in our own coaches. Pitso has proven that it is achievable. This is a lesson for our sports leadership structures. It’s amazing that the minister talks about transformation wherever he goes but it does not seem to infiltrate in the lower levels of government and relevant stakeholder.

  1. Our black coaches are not given equal chance compared to ther coaches. Kaizer Chiefs Chairman Kaizer Motaung came out and said few years ago that no local coach can coach Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. There have been a lot talk, a lot documents prepared by so called expects for years about transforamtion in sport but we dont see results.

  2. It is easier to talk about transformation in sport, yet so difficult to actually implement it. How many local coaches have taken the reigns at PSL clubs? Not a lot. How do we go about implementing transformation when those that are in senior management are not even willing to give local coaches a chance? I think South Africa has the potential to perform on a world class basis in sports, it is just a matter of going back to the basics of nurturing local talent among other things.

  3. Well Koketso you must remember that sport to a large extent is business and businesses are influenced by business decisions and principles. Business owners amongst other things look at profitability, performance and shareholder interests. We need to find a way of compelling business leaders and perhaps club owners to take transformation seriously. If you look at rugby for instance it lagging far behind even at the player level.

  4. Indeed sports is a business there is a lot at stake in our sports. But by focusing more on stakeholders and business side of it we lose the fundamental part of sports. There havent been proper development of players especially in the townships. Rugby like cricket and many other sports that were seen as white peoples sport is lacking behind especially when it comes to black players coming through

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