Pitso Mosimane: Senegal coach asked me why I don't coach Bafana

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  • Pitso Mosimane revealed that Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse asked him why he is not the mentor of Bafana Bafana.
  • The former Mamelodi Sundowns boss says he feels more appreciated outside of South Africa.
  • Mosimane has been without a job since vacating his role as Al Ahly head coach in June.

Well-renowned football coach Pitso Mosimane has become more vocal since relinquishing his title as head coach of Al Ahly in June.

The 58-year-old spoke openly about Patrice Motsepe and how he feels the former Mamelodi Sundowns boss (now CAF president) has ulterior motives against him.

Mosimane also revealed that he has no intentions to rush back into football management anytime soon, saying: "I'll get back to coaching when I feel like I want to go back. Sometimes you have to take a step back. Big coaches like Pep Guardiola have done that."

Are you serious?

Speaking to Radio 702, 'Jingles', as he is affectionately  known, recently acquired his pro licence through the Morocco Federation via "an invite", where he rubbed shoulders with Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse.

"The coaches there, they ask me, even Aliou Cisse, he asked me 'why you don't coach South Africa?' They look at my country as it is; for them, they look up to South Africa; we're top in the continent and all that," Mosimane said.

"I said 'I was there, and they sacked me, they said they know more than me. The guys were saying, 'are you serious?'

"If you are leading the continent as one of the top coaches here in the continent and South Africa are not doing well, who is coaching them?

"I then said it's a different situation. To be honest with you, I feel appreciated more outside than in my country to be honest."

Mosimane's coaching career:

SuperSport United: 2001 - 2007 

Bafana Bafana (Assistant coach): 2006 - 2010

Bafana Bafana (Head coach): 2010 - 2012

Mamelodi Sundowns: 2012 - 2020

Al Ahly: 2020 - 2022

After ending his near two-year spell at the Red Devils, where he won the Egypt Cup, back-to-back CAF Champions League titles and bagging CAF Super Cup winners medals in 2020 and 2021, Mosimane has since returned to South Africa.

But his travels and work throughout the African continent taught him a great deal as he now has a different perspective on things.

"We come from a different culture; our history also plays a part in that because our country is not together," he added.

"In Egypt, they are all Egyptians. There is no minority of white people. No, it's Egyptians.

"In Senegal, it's Senegalese. I was invited now to Tanzania..."

"Our country, we come from those backgrounds. When it's rugby, you see how full the stadium is; when it comes to football, why not?

"And we cannot also try to play politics. Why can't the black people fill the stadium if the white people can fill the stadium? Let's be honest.

"But also, we have a rivalry that's so big in our country between (Orlando) Pirates, (Kaizer) Chiefs and Sundowns, so if you are associated with a certain team, other people might not like you.

"When you move from the other team, other people also might not like you. I don't think everybody at Sundowns likes me now."

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