Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane on the defensive after Golden Arrows altercation


Mosimane was left spitting fire on Saturday after being involved in an altercation with Golden Arrows manager Gordon Masondo during the Brazilians’ Nedbank Cup last-16 defeat at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

The incident was the second coming-together for Mosimane in a week, having been involved in a heated argument with one of the security officials at Kaizer Chiefs during the league game played at Soccer City.

And ’Jingles’ feels he has done enough for South African football to deserve respect from the opposition players, coaches, technical staff and supporters, given his vast collection of club and individual awards with Sundowns.

"I spoke to [Ernst] Middendorp when he was here [in South Africa]; he said I had to go, it [the criticism] is too much. I must relieve the pressure,” said Mosimane.

"If that’s the way South African football should treat me… I don’t have to be here, I can do it somewhere else but I can say I contributed to South African football.

“I didn’t come here to add numbers. We are PSL champions, we are African champions, we are [CAF] Super Cup champions, we got Coach of the Year [award] in PSL, we got Coach of the Year [award] in Africa, that’s enough, that would be my footprint in football," he added.

Mosimane has since thrown down a challenge to any foreign coach to match his success in South African football while insisting his own passion for the game is not motivated by financial gain.

“You know me with my mentality, I love football so much, I can work in Lesotho with all of my heart, it’s not about money,” he continued.

”I’ve received enough from football. If South Africa thinks I am not the right person to contribute to South African football… I put South Africa right on the map and [Sundowns] play proper football, attacking football, it’s okay.

"If I feel it’s too much for me, I am appreciated in this country, they will rather bring you all the imports that will give you what Sundowns gave you in last three years, I will bow out with pride and say I have contributed, I would say ‘match my record’,” he added.

Meanwhile, looking back over the Ke Yona loss to Arrows, Mosimane preferred not to be drawn into criticism of the referee following some controversial decisions.

“I don’t want to go there. I want to complete two years without talking about referees. I don’t want to spoil my record,” said Mosimane.

“I could have spoken about the referee when we played [Kaizer] Chiefs with Percy [Tau], who could have got two penalties. I could have spoken about what happened last Saturday. No, I am clean. I can have other weaknesses but that one I am clean.

”I am [finished] speaking about referees and I welcome Phillip Tinyani back from his unfitness [sic] level. Hopefully he will get there.”