Absa Premiership

Wits and Sundowns trust their coaches, says Mangena

Farouk Khan and Mike Mangena (Gallo Images)
Farouk Khan and Mike Mangena (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs legend Mike Mangena believes that the recent success of both Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits are due to the club’s head coaches.

Pitso Mosimane has been at Chloorkop since 2012 and has guided the club to two Premiership titles as well as the CAF Champions League and Super Cup.

Meanwhile, Gavin Hunt is about to enjoy his first major title with the Clever Boys after securing the Premiership title for the first time in the club’s history adding to the MTN8 Cup crown they won in the beginning of the campaign.

According to the Daily Sun website, Mangena says that the Wits and Sundowns have put their faith in club’s head coaches while Amakhosi and Orlando Pirates keep on changing mentors.

"The past two seasons we have seen so-called big teams in South Africa made to look ordinary by smaller teams. This is because football is evolving. So-called smaller teams are adapting to those changes," Mangena said.

"But the biggest problem for Chiefs and Pirates is that they don’t hang on to coaches for long periods.

"Wits and Sundowns have won recent league titles because of their coaches. Pitso Mosimane has been at Sundowns for about six years now. The same goes to Gavin Hunt at Wits.

"These teams are now enjoying the benefits of investing and trusting their coaches. I think it has made the difference between being successful or not."