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Ramovic Hits Back At Mosimane

TS Galaxy coach Sead Ramovic has hit back at coach Pitso Mosimane, who jabbed back at him that he should sit down and match Dan Malesela’s record to win the Nedbank Cup.

This past week Mosimane, now coaching Al Ahli Saudi, was not impressed by Ramovic’s comments about Sibusiso Vilakazi, after his contract with Galaxy was terminated.

Ramovic said the efforts put in by Vilakazi were not enough to warrant a starting berth in the club, leading Mosimane to hit back at the Bosnian mentor.

Mosimane worked with Vila during their time at Mamelodi Sundowns, signing him ahead of the 2016/17 season.

The former PSL Footballer of the Season won three league titles with Sundowns under Mosimane, one Nedbank Cup, one TKO, CAF Champions League (though he didn’t play as he arrived late in the CAF season), and CAF Super Cup.

Vila became a free agent after he was released by Sundowns at the end of last season before joining the Rockets as a marquee off-season signing.

“I respect Pitso a lot because he is a fantastic coach,” said Ramovic. “He broke a lot of records and I don’t want to do anything else to go further on the comments he made.

“But he knows probably or people who know me know I’m really humble guy. I really try to be a nice human being because of my religion (Islam), it is like that.

“I want to be one of the nicest guys because it’s what got me here. I just wish him to win and to continue with this kind of record he has as a coach.”

Ramovic then went further to explain why he got rid of Vilakazi and teenage sensation Aphelele Teto, who is now training with the club’s reserve team.   

“Maybe they didn’t understand me. If somebody, Teto or Vilakazi, or Mlu Mbunjana or someone else [didn’t work hard], how would this be fair to someone that really puts a lot of effort every day in training and he also would like to make his career?

“To put just Teto or Vilakazi in order, it doesn’t matter. It’s not about the person or anything, it is just about me as a coach I just want to give everyone the same chance.

“So if somebody put a lot of effort at training, I think it is just fair for him, for the guy that puts these days, weeks a lot of effort to give chance he can also build his career.

“What will happen if I just put Teto, for example, or player X that doesn’t put in the same effort and I just let him play and play, is that fair? I don’t think so. It is fair to the guy who put in a lot of effort? No.

“That’s it. I just want to be a coach that looks in the mirror and says I was fair. I don’t like not being fair. If someone gives a lot of effort, he will always get chances.”

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.