Former Mamelodi Sundowns superstar Eric Ramasike believes there are only three local coaches who could fill the boots of Pitso Mosimane.
South Africa's most successful coach will now be coaching the continent's biggest club in Al Ahly of Egypt after signing a two-year deal with the North African giants.
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Ramasike, who enjoys legendary status both at Sundowns and Moroka Swallows, believes it will be difficult for any coach to fill Mosimane's shoes.
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"What I can say is, Manqoba can take the team forward, he's already there, he knows the culture, he knows the style, he knows the players, you see it's going to be easy," Ramasike tells KickOff.com.
"The other person we can try at Sundowns is Steve Komphela. Komphela can do the job at Sundowns. I like his style of play, even the coaching is very good that guy. Also his tactics, he doesn't stick to one tactic, he changes his tactics always. So I think he can make it.
"Another one is this upcoming coach Dan Malesela. Dan's been there, he knows the culture, he's been there in their academy and whatever. So he knows what's going on there. Malesela, we can try him. Let's give Dan a chance just like we did with Pitso."
Malesela, of course, has joined TS Galaxy and is thus not eligible for the position next season even if Sundowns were interested.
Nevertheless, Ramasike explains: "Dan, he started at Sundowns. Although he played at Pirates or whatever, he started his coaching career at Sundowns.
"Dan re-joined Sundowns after coaching these amateur teams to gain experience and then he went to the youth development. He groomed a lot of boys at Sundowns.
"He left for Chippa United and gained experience and did wonders. He then went to TS Galaxy, he did wonders. So why can't we give him a chance? Better him because he brings with him a five-year coaching experience.
"Eish ja, it's a big loss my brother man, it's a big loss. Pitso, we played together. You remember he was from Greece? He came to Sundowns as a player.
"You know the problem is there was a mutual understanding between Pitso and the players, and him as well he knew how to buy the right players for Sundowns. He knows how to build a team. He balances the team.
"Whoever comes must continue where Pitso left off. He can't drop the standard. He must just retain the league title or if he's unable to, at least defend two trophies that were won last season. If ever he doesn't do that, it means he is failing."