Mamelodi Sundowns Coach Pitso Mosimane signed a contract extension with the South African champions which will extend his stay for another four years up to the end of the 2023/2024 season.
“Mosimane, who joined ‘The Brazilians’ in the middle of the 2012/13 season has gone on to be the most decorated coach in South Africa – and with the new deal, will cement his place as the longest serving coach at the Club,” a statement on the club website read.
The club’s announcement ends the speculation that Mosimane would leave the defending league champions due to a number of issues including rising tensions with the club management and disputes in hiring of personnel.
Some local media outlets have even gone as far as reporting on potential candidates who could take over from the 55-year-old. Sundowns responded just over a week ago dismissing the speculation adding that it will communicate an official position when appropriate.
Mosimane said he was honoured and humbled to given an opportunity to extend his stay at Sundowns.
“One of the main reasons for me to renew my contract with Mamelodi Sundowns is the President’s trust and faith in me, he trusted me to lead this team to where it is – and fulfill his wish to build a team to conquer Africa. It’s humbling to be part of a brand like Sundowns and contribute to its success, especially as a local coach and also having played for the team,” he said.
Mosimane added that he intended to ensure that the 2016 African champions will always be competing for trophies in domestic and continental competitions.
“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 said that some of the things he would like to achieve with the team would be to win the MTN8 tournament, one of the only trophies he has not won with Sundowns, and strengthen the club’s youth development system.
“We need to keep promoting young talent from our development. We have been successful in the past, that’s what I want to see happening more. Bringing Percy Tau up from our Youth Development and seeing him flourish in Europe is incredible,” he said.
Mosimane has been in charge of Mamelodi Sundowns since 2012. He has won several domestic and international honours with them including four Premier Soccer League titles, the CAF Champions League, the CAF Super Cup and the Telkom and Nedbank Cups.
In 2016, he was named African Coach of the Year at the CAF awards in Abuja, Nigeria.