Despite all the success at Mamelodi Sundowns, Pitso Mosimane is confident that the Brazilians can continue in their mission to become one of the dominant teams in the African continent.
Speculation surrounding the former Bafana Bafana coach’s future ended after club president Patrice Motsepe confirmed on Thursday that Mosimane extended his stay with penning a new four-year contract.
Mosimane has been in charge of Sundowns since 2012, bagging a total of nine trophies – including four Absa Premiership titles, two Telkom Knockout Cup trophies and one Nedbank Cup title – as well as tasting continental glory.
Having already won the Caf Champions League and Caf Super Cup during the 2015-16 season, Mosimane is hungry to add another star to their badge.
Mosimane also spoke about his desire to win the MTN8 trophy, which is the only trophy in South Africa that has eluded him.
‘I believe it’s important for a club like Sundowns to constantly challenge for the Absa Premiership and Caf competitions, we need to win the Champions League – and it’s a big thing. No one wins it easily, we are focused on this,’ Mosimane added.
‘I want to achieve success in the MTN 8, which remains the only trophy I have not won with Sundowns – throw it in there with the Champions League where we’ve experienced fixture clashes with the MTN 8 in the past. If you recall, we’ve previously never had a pre-season ahead of the MTN 8 – we are always a week behind. It will be very interesting to look at this differently, especially with the Caf and PSL schedules now aligned.’
Mosimane, whose vast experience spans almost 35 years, says he draws inspiration from the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Carlo Ancelotti.
‘When you look at Pep, Klopp and other successful coaches worldwide – they have won it all and have done it for years, yet they keep going. I need to learn from them and stay motivated. I look up to Pep, Fergie, Wenger, Ancelotti – they have had massive success and I look up to these people.
‘There is one common thread above the technical level they operate on – hard work,’ concluded Mosimane.
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