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Pitso Interested In Leading African Giants?

Pitso Mosimane has confessed he would love to lead an international team to the Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup.

While the former Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly coach has distanced himself from club jobs on the continent, Mosimane, who had two years in charge of Bafana Bafana, has said an international job would be a different story.

Mosimane was responding to links with the Nigerian national team while speaking on Monday in an exclusive conversation with the South African Football Journalists Association.

“One thing to be honest, I’d want to win the Cup of Nations maybe, or go to the World Cup with a team, I speak to Aliou Cisse, Walid Regragui [coaches of Senegal and Morocco], Walid messaged me when I left now and said ‘brother why you there’, we need to see you in the World Cup, you, me, Aliou – and all the African boys should be in the World Cup,” he said when addressing the Super Eagles links.

“We have more spaces, we have nine spaces now in the next World Cup, there’s no way you can’t be part of it, I said let’s see because, to be honest, I still want to [work with] a national team – but I don’t choose what comes.

“But if we say, am I interested in Nigeria? I’m highly interested, I would like to go to the World Cup and lead a team in the World Cup, Africa has nine places guys, I mean really, we’ll all qualify, I think South Africa will qualify and Nigeria also want to qualify.

“But if you have Chukwueze and that boy who plays for Napoli [Victor Osimhen] I mean really, that Nigerian team is unbelievable, I saw the draw against Lesotho, okay, it happens, but I’m just saying how can these politics between government and federation really derail [the Super Eagles].

“I hope South Africa qualify, in my heart, I hope because I’m South African, but in reality, Nigeria has the team – but football is not about what’s on paper, it’s about what you do [on the field] and [Benin] can give you a surprise also.

“I see them huffing and puffing, it’s an open group but the others – we know it’s a given, but I’d like to go to a national team but a good team I can compete with at the World Cup and not to embarrass ourselves.”

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