Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has revealed his keen interest in youth football, stating he wants to rid South African soccer of some “bad habits”.
The 54-year-old is among the most decorated coaches in the country, having recently claimed his fourth league title with the Brazilians to add to his Caf Champions League triumph in 2016.
Having been in charge of the national team before, there is not much he hasn’t done but, according to TimesLive, he would like to have a crack at youth football.
“I’d like to do youth football. I’d like to understand it more.
“I’ll tell you why… I’ve seen a player at Bafana, I’ve seen a player at Sundowns, fighting in the Champions League. I’ve seen a player in the Absa Premier League and there is one common thing that I find; they have bad habits and one of the issues is putting the ball into the back of the net.”
The former Bafana mentor says the issue in front of goal has hampered many South African sides, who do well in other aspects besides finishing.
“Like Wydad (Casablanca). One chance, one goal. And then we dance on the ball and we look so good. So I’d like to help the country build a player of tomorrow because I know what the player of tomorrow lacks.”
Mosimane cited the likes of former Sundowns duo Percy Tau and Katlego Mphela, as well as Orlando Pirates star Thembinkosi Lorch as the type of quality player the country is capable of producing.
“I want to build a player for the World Cup. I want Bafana in the World Cup and not just to go there and come out of the group, but progress (to the next stage)… So that’s my next chapter.”