Pitso Makes Plea For African Coaches
Pitso Mosimane has made a plea for more African clubs to trust African coaches and questioned why he and others from the continent don’t feature at the annual FIFA awards.
The South Africa has become the joint-most successful African coach in club football, lifting his fifth continental trophy – as many as Faouzi Benzarti, but the Wydad Casablanca coach lifted just one CAF Champions League.
He is also the first Southern African coach to take the reins of Egyptian giants Al Ahly and successfully so. As a consequence, Mosimane thanked president Mahmoud El Khatib.
“I want to dedicate the trophy to captain Bibo,” he told reporters.
“He came to trust in me, he believed in me that that could change their fortunes, because Al Ahly didn’t win the Champions League for the last years.
“And he could have gone to Europe and bring all these Europeans that are always coming to Africa to coach but Africans who can win it ourselves.
“Why don’t we believe that Africans can win? The African Cup of Nations was won by Algeria and the coach is Algerian and the Cup final against Senegal with Aliou Cisse.
“So we sometimes give the Europeans, we give them too much respect when we forget who we are. Why are Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah conquering the UEFA Champions League?
“We just look for anybody from Europe and we give him the team. But we have the resources. Africa has the resources.
“I mean, the coach who was opposite of me is from Europe, England. The coach against Zamalek was from Portugal. Those things don’t matter in a match, you know? So Africa should trust its own people.
Mosimane also called for African coaches getting more recognitions at the FIFA awards after lifting his fourth trophy since joining Al Ahly.
“There is much we can do. In the awards of the FIFA Player of the Year, the Ballon d’Or and Coach of the Year, we don’t feature. It is only the Europeans who feature,” he explained.
“I mean, we have won trophies. I’ve won about nine, but nobody cares. I mean, I’m not the coach of Liverpool, but the history stays.”