Downs sack defiant Neeskens

2012-12-02 17:51

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Head coach Johan Neeskens has been sacked, despite remaining defiant after his Mamelodi Sundowns side slumped to a second cup final defeat in seven months when they were beaten to the Telkom Knockout crown today.

The Brazilians, who remain without a trophy since 2008, were ousted 1-0 by Bloemfontein Celtic at Moses Mabhida Stadium, with Joel Mogorosi's controversial second-half goal helping Siwelele clinch the lucrative prize.

Under-fire Neeskens, whose embattled team are second from bottom in the Premiership, was under huge pressure to win the title and appease disgruntled supporters and his bosses.

Former Bafana Bafana mentor Pitso Mosimane will replace him.

“Pitso Mosimane will be taking over immediately. He has already been officially introduced the players and the staff at the club," said Sundowns spokesman Thulani Thuswa.

"Pitso is a very experienced coach and his record speaks volumes.”

Mosimane had been without a job since he was dismissed as head coach of the national team in June, after Bafana went seven straight games without a win.

Thuswa said Mosimane would take charge of the side's league clash against Free State Stars in Phuthaditjhaba on Wednesday.

"He understands the culture of South African football, which made him the best candidate to take over.

"His first task will be leading the team in a league match against Free State Stars, so basically he will be hitting the ground running."

The Brazilians, second from bottom in the league standings, lost 1-0 against Bloemfontein Celtic in the Telkom Knockout final in Durban on Saturday night – their second cup final defeat in seven months.

"The club president, Patrice Motsepe, praised him (Neeskens) for standing by the club even when times where tough," Thuswa said.

“I mean, this is a coach that took the club to two cup finals – the Nedbank Cup and recently the Telkom Knockout.

"He has done his best in the 18 months that he has been with the club."

» This article was updated after first being published.

- SAPA

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