‘Are you surprised with Chippa?’ says Sundowns boss Mosimane

Julia Staurt speaks to Pitso Mosimane during the Absa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Highlands Park at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa.
Julia Staurt speaks to Pitso Mosimane during the Absa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Highlands Park at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa.
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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has said that he feels Dan Malesela‚ who was fired after three games this week‚ deserved more time as coach of Chippa United.

Mosimane‚ speaking after his 10-man Sundowns were held to a Absa Premiership 0-0 draw against Highlands Park at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday night‚ reiterated his past comments that for black coaches‚ the guillotine is always too close to their necks.

“One of the black coaches is gone‚ hey. I spoke about it remember. Yeah‚ shame‚ it’s sad‚ but are you surprised with Chippa? There’s no news there guys‚” Mosimane said.

“We don’t have patience and I think you know Dan is a good coach‚ hey. But it’s the way it is with local black coaches.”

Highlands coach Owen da Gama said that agreed with Mosimane‚ and said that he is happy to work for a club who respect coaches.

Former Bafana Bafana assistant-coach ‘ODG’ said he sympathised with his fellow coach Malesela.

“Well‚ I’m not at liberty to speak about other teams and if I think it’s wrong‚ but I just think it’s a shame when coaches are not given enough time to settle down and to make sure their players understand the gameplan‚” Da Gama responded.

“But‚ you know‚ you’ve got to understand the nature of any team when you go work for them. There are other teams that I will never go work for them – I won’t.

“They simply don’t respect coaches. I still believe that Dan should have been given a little bit more time.”

Da Gama added: “I don’t fear [for my job] because I work for a very good team. I work for people who respect me and I work for people who respect coaches.

“I work for a company that supports you as much as they can‚ so I mean at the end of the day if I fail‚ I fail. It’s as simple as that‚ but I don’t fear anything.”

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