Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane refused to become involved in a war of words with former player Bongani Zungu saying "he is my boy".
Zungu in a series of tweets claimed that Orlando Pirates assistant coach, Rulani Mokwena, is the master-mind behind the scenes at the Buccaneers. After footage showed him dismissing head coach Milutin Sredojevic on the side-line.
In since deleted tweets, Zungu said: "Coach Rulani has made Pirates a top team again! @coach_rulani you the boss."
"Trust me its him. Even at sundowns ask @dolly_keagan07 he'll tell u"
Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy slammed Zungu's comments towards both Pitso Mosimane and Sredojevic calling for him to show some respect.
The Sundowns coach however, said he prefers to hold onto the good memories he shared with Zungu and Mokwena during their time at the club.
"He [Zungu] is my boy – I have good memories with him and I don’t want to spoil that‚" Mosimane said.
"If he did put those tweets‚ he made a mistake and maybe he was under pressure. We all make mistakes – do you know how many mistakes I have made?
"We need to support and help – it’s okay.
Mosimane went on to imply that the very well-spoken Mokwena could have been the one behind Zungu's apology.
"In my opinion‚ I don’t think Bongani Zungu wrote that apology – he does not respond with that type of big English.
"They read the apology to me and the article commanded very good English. Even myself I don’t speak English that well.
"It was written in top English. I know my players man. You must read what’s not written and see what is not said.
"I prepared him to go and play in Europe. He was playing as a winger at Tuks [University of Pretoria FC] and I changed his position because he does not have speed to play that position in Europe‚" Mosimane said.
"I told Zungu that you are not too fast‚ you are not a No 10 and you don’t score enough goals.
"I went to Duduza on a Sunday looking for him in the whole township and I swapped him with Buhle Mkhwanazi to Tuks.
"That’s where I want to focus on – he is a multi-millionaire in Europe now and his life and that of his family has changed for the better."