Wed. Sep 23rd, 2020

Only small coaches have issues with players – Pitso Mosimane

Pitso Mosimane, coach of Sundowns during the 2018/19 CAF Champions League football match between Sundowns and Al Ahly at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria on 06 April 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePixPitso Mosimane would not address specific allegations made by Toni Silva or George Lebese after they left Sundowns.

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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane insists he doesn’t play favourites and only rewards hard work when it comes to team selection.

Mosimane said that only ‘small coaches’ played favourites, cutting off their nose to spite their face.

“I always say the best way for players to prove me wrong when they are not playing is to grab their chance when they get one,” the coach explained at a round table media event.

“You can’t have issues with players when you are a coach and the stakes are high. As a coach you always want to win. So why have issues with a player that can help you win games? Only small coaches have issues. If you prove me wrong, I will play you. If I have a player that can help me win games, I will play you.”

Former Sundowns player Toni Silva delivered a spectacular rant aimed at Mosimane in a social media post after the coach repeatedly questioned the Bissau-Guinean striker’s desire to compete for a place in the first XI.

The coach refused to address what Silva or fellow disgruntled former Sundowns man George Lebese had to say about his management. Mosimane instead insisted that he has always picked what he believed to be his best side. Lebese alleged in a cryptic social media post, that he and other players were promised game-time before joining Sundowns. The former Kaizer Chiefs winger played 10 league matches for the Brazilians in the 2017/18 season but wouldn’t start a league match for the club in the 2018/19 season before being loaned out.

“When you do well and score, you don’t do it for me. It’s your job. Should we applaud you for coming to work? I don’t have favourites. I want to keep my job, so I must play the best players,” he added.

Lebese joined Supersport United on loan on 31 January, while Silva joined Ittehad Alexandria in a permanent move away from the PSL. In a curious coincidence both players have made seven appearances for the clubs they joined and failed to net a goal. It appears as though Supersport will not be exercising an option to buy Lebese.

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