Legend: Irrepressible Pitso Mosimane takes his place among the greats
Pitso Mosimane's place among the greats was never in doubt but in case there were still any skeptics in the room, he stepped things up a notch on Saturday and added another chapter to an impressive book of milestones that will be read for generations to come.
Jingles, as Mosimane is known, led Sundowns to a tenth league title since the inception of the Premier Soccer League in 1996 and in a personal milestone for the overachieving coach, it was his fifth championship in the seven years he has been at the helm at Chloorkop.
It is an incredible record for a coach who has developed an impressive knack of beating seemingly insurmountable odds and proving the doubters wrong.
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That he managed to pip rivals Kaizer Chiefs to the title on the final day of the season on Saturday while avoiding well-sharpened knives, some from inside his beloved Chloorkop home, is testament to his incredible street smarts, savvy, talent and Himalayan resilience.
He revealed at the weekend that the list of those who hope to see him fall is very long and it includes people who continue to draw salaries at Chloorkop while plotting the demise of the same employer in the shadows.
We can say anything we want about Pitso Mosimane, but there's no denying that the man is a living legend.— Rabonator 😎 (@KaraboRamela) September 6, 2020
“This is a sweet trophy because there were a lot of doubters‚ even internally‚ but the trophy is here. At the end of the day‚ the trophy is here‚” Mosimane said.
The doubters have seemingly forgotten that Sundowns were languishing at the bottom end of the log when Mosimane replaced Dutchman Johan Neeskens in December 2012.
Dr. Pitso Mosimane deserves a Lifetime Achievement Award, period!! He also deserves the "Dr" title for the same reasons the likes of Mme Rebecca Malope, Rre Ivin Khoza and others got it.— The Voice Of Reason (@MoretloDintle) September 6, 2020
HE DOESN'T HAVE TO DIE FIRST TO BE RIGHTFULLY RECOGNIZED AND HONOURED.#DR_PITSO https://t.co/7INBi6CTQm
But since the lowly depths of that season, the Brazilians have either won the league or finished runners-up every single year.
Mosimane has now led Sundowns to 10 trophies in the years he’s been at the helm and won the Caf Champions League, the Caf Super Cup, five domestic league titles, two Telkom Knockout trophies and the Nedbank Cup.
He has a chance to add an 11th trophy this week, and complete a rare domestic treble, as Sundowns are in the final of the Nedbank Cup and face Bloemfontein Celtic.