Pitso's message to the world after CAF final triumph: 'Africans, we can win it ourselves!'

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Pitso Mosimane (Getty Images)
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Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane believes that African teams should stop neglecting their own talent on the continent.

The 56-year-old mentor guided the Red Devils to their 10th CAF Champions League title on Saturday with an emphatic 3-0 victory against Kaizer Chiefs at the Mohamed V Stadium in Morocco.

During the post-match press conference, Mosimane was in a buoyant mood as he clinched his third winners medal including back-to-back titles with Ahly.

'Jingles', as he is affectionately known, went on a scathing rant, questioning clubs and national teams for hiring coaches from Europe when there is talent in abundance on the African continent.

"I want to dedicate the trophy, of course, to captain Bibo because Mr Khatib (President of Al Ahly) gave trust in me," said Mosimane.

"He believed in me that I could change their fortunes because Al Ahly didn't win the Champions League in the last 13 years.

"He could have gone to Europe and bring all these Europeans that are always coming to Africa to coach but Africans, we can win it ourselves."

Mosimane then added: "Why don't we believe that Africans can win it?

"The African Cup of Nations was won by Algeria, and the coach is Algerian. We sometimes give the Europeans too much respect, and we forget who we are," he continued. 

"Why are Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah conquering the UEFA Champions League? We just look for anybody from Europe and give them the team.

"We have the resources. Africa has the resources. I mean, the coach opposite me is from Scotland, the coach from Zamalek was from Portugal. Those things don't matter in a match. So, Africa should class its own people.

"There's much we can do. I mean the awards for the FIFA player of the year, Ballon d'Or, the coach of the year, we don't feature.

"It is only the Europeans that feature. I mean we've won trophies. I've won about nine, but nobody cares. I mean, I am not the coach of Liverpool, but the history stays."

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