Al Wahda coach Pitso Mosimane has reacted to reports linking him with his former star midfielder at Mamelodi Sundowns Gaston Sirino. Sirino who seems unsettled at Sundowns has been strongly linked with a move away from the club.

The 32-year-old is yet to get some game time this season under coach Rulani Mokwena.

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Just like when he was at Al Ahly, Mosimane has once again been rumoured to be on the verge of reuniting with Sirino. But Mosimane has quickly rubbished the reports and insists there is no intention of signing the player.

“I don’t want to talk about Gaston Sirino, this annoys me so much,” said Mosimane referring to the reports. “If [Al Wahda] wants Gaston Sirino, we would go to Mamelodi Sundowns.

 “There’s been a lot of talk, and if [Mamelodi] Sundowns prepared to sell Sirino? I don’t know. Sundowns don’t need money, hey, to sell Sirino. So sometimes these things are a lost cause. Why do you go there?,” asked Mosimane.

Mosimane was speaking during the handover of the Nedbank Multipurpose Sports Court at Lofentse Girls High School in Orlando East, Soweto on Tuesday.

Pitso Mosimane comments in Gaston Sirino link
Gaston Sirino

PITSO MOSIMANE ON REPORTS LINKING HIM TO GASTON SIRINO

He says while he was at Al Ahly, they were never given a price for Sirino.

“So if a player doesn’t have a price, how do you buy them? Everyone has a price. [Kylian] Mbappe, you know, is 200 million, you know that akere.

“But Sirino doesn’t have one. How do you buy him without a price? Where do you start?”.

Mosimane has described the reports as lies and people pushing their propaganda.

“So it’s lies and allegation to say Al Wahda wants Sirino, or people are tapping up Sirino. No, remember they said we want [Thembinkosi] Lorch, we want [Peter] Shalulile.

“I’m always in the middle of all these things, and if we want them we’ll approach the teams.”

Mamelodi Sundowns have been doing as they please in South African football since coach Pitso Mosimane‘s era. Mosimane laid a foundation after taking over the reins from the Dutch coach, Johan Neeskens, in December 2012. Sundowns went on to win the CAF Champions League in 2016 as well as premiership titles along the way and since then, they have become a monster team in South African football to date.

Now the question is, can anyone show up to finally stop Masandawana’s momentum? LimSportsZone editor Clifton Mabasa looks at whom, he thinks, can challenge the champions.

WHY ORLANDO PIRATES STAND A CHANCE

Without any doubt, football wise, Pirates can be the team to challenge Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2023/2024 season, despite their awful start in the league. The Buccaneers have had some epic cup battles with Sundowns lately, winning the MTN8 twice and the Nedbank Cup between 2020 and 2023.

This strongly suggests that they have all the attributes to take anything at stake, to take whatever comes their way. Pirates have a great chance and have the potential to go to the next level.

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Mamelodi Sundowns players celebrate

COACH JOSE RIVEIRO’S INFLUENCE

Following the arrival of the Spanish coach, Jose Riveiro, whose appointment in June 2022 left South African football lovers in a perplexed state as many thought he lacked experience—the Soweto giants have been displaying good football.

In fact, the Buccaneers have, of late, been the one team who gave Sundowns tough times whenever they met. Judging by their last few games of last season.

Riveiro’s side turned out to be the second-best side in the DStv Premiership last season. The coach led the Sea Robbers to an unforeseeable level of success in his first season. This should be a special notification to everyone that something special is being done.

The Vigo-born coach made Pirates to be arguably the most dominant club that can challenge the unconquerable Sundowns in the league. And verily, when the two teams lock horns in a particular match, fans witness a better game of football.

MZANSI’S FOOTBALL DEVOTEES LOVE PIRATES’ APPROACH

And now, many of Mzansi’s football lovers have given their honest verdict on Pirates’ style of play. Interestingly, among those, is coach Pitso Mosimane—who has not given many positive views when it comes to foreign coaches.

However, speaking to Power FM Sport Show back in June, the former Al Ahly coach said: “Firstly, I must congratulate the Buccaneers for winning two trophies. The coach, first year, two trophies. I am very much impressed by his formations and tactics. He is very spot on.”

“He knows his stuff, he is very calm and humble, and he has also done very well. You know my opinion about European coaches in South Africa. This is what we want to see, this is a value add, brilliant. This is what we need from European coaches in South Africa.”

So basically, this speaks a lot about the Pirates we are all seeing in this year’s DStv Premiership campaign.

WHAT MAKES THE BUCCANEERS A POTENTIAL CHALLENGER TO MAMELODI SUNDOWNS

Another reason that makes Pirates a potential challenger is that they know how to recruit quality players.
Pirates possess some of the best players in the country. Their scouting department has not been sleeping on duty lately.

The Buccaneers’ strategy of bringing players on board in recent years has and will continue to pay off.

Nonetheless, we will see how it will unfold, as the season goes.

By Clifton Mabasa

Three-time CAF Champions League winning coach Pitso Mosimane has been unveiled as the new head coach of United Arab Emirates Pro League club, Al Wahda FC.

The South African’s appointment was revealed by the club on Saturday night, while the length of his deal was not disclosed.

This comes after Mosimane recently also announced his departure from Saudi Pro League side Al Ahli. The two parties have reached an agreement on the terms of his contract termination earlier this week.

The 58-year-old mentor did his magic in Saudi Arabia last season. He guided Al Ahli to a historic Saudi Yelo League title and also taking them back to the top tier.

Pitso Mosimane confirmed as Al Wahda in United Arab Emirates Pro League club
Pitso Mosimane confirmed as Al Wahda coach

PITSO MOSIMANE CONFIRMED AS Al WAHDA NEW COACH

In unexpected news, Mosimane was unveiled by the United Arab Emirates club, Al Wahda as their new head coach.

The former Al Ahly and Mamelodi Sundowns coach departure’s led to immediate speculation that he might go to the UAE. That speculation became reality on Saturday.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES PRO LEAGUE SIDE CONFIRMS

“Al Wahda FC Company has signed with the South African Technical Director Pitso Mosimane to lead the first team as a Head Coach,” reads the club’s statement.

“The Club’s Board of Directors welcomes Mr. Mosimane to the Home of Champion. Wishing him success in serving the club’s leadership, administration and fans’ ambitions.”

Mosimane is also expected to take his entire technical staff with him.

By Clifton Mabasa

Three-times CAF Champions League winner Pitso Mosimane has terminated his contract with Saudi Pro League side Al Ahli, the SABC reported on Tuesday. This is despite helping the side gain promotion from the Yelo League title a few weeks ago. 

Pitso recently confirmed in Saudi media that he went four months without getting paid since January this year. 

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According to SABC Sport, Mosimane sent a letter to Al Ahli 15 days ago. He was informing them of the intention to terminate the contract. His camp is reportedly intending to send another letter demanding that they pay what is due to them as a technical team of four coaches. This includes his assistant Maahier Davids, match performance analysts Musa Matlaba and Kyle Solomon as well as physical conditioner Kabelo Rangoaga.

The publication reports that the monies owed would also include bonuses for promoting the team and also winning the league.

Pitso Mosimane terminate contract with Saudi Arabian side
Pitso Mosimane

WHY PITSO MOSIMANE TERMINATED HIS AHLI CONTRACT?  

This termination has also triggered the letter to FIFA. FIFA regulations clear that a player or technical team member not paid in two months, can terminate the contract.

SABC Sport also reports that Mosimane has got offers lined up in the Gulf region. Top national teams in Africa, as well as some North African clubs are reportedly interested.

Three-time CAF Champions League winner Pitso Mosimane has praised the work done by Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro in his first season in the PSL.

Riveiro was appointed as Pirates head coach in June 2022 on a three-year deal. The appointment of the coach left people in a perplexed state—as many thought he lacked experience.

However, the Spanish coach has proven and enjoyed an excellent start to his debut in Mzansi’s football fraternity. He led Pirates to two cup titles (MTN8 and Nedbank Cup) in the 2022/2023 season.

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The Soweto giants have won two trophies under Riveiro, that is more than any other DStv Premiership side this past season. The 47-year-old mentor has also managed to finish in second position in the league. He has also qualified his team for the CAF Champions League.

Mosimane feels that the coach has changed the mood in the club. The Buccaneers have in the past seasons struggled to win more than one trophy in a season. They have won more than two official titles ten years ago in a year.

PITSO MOSIMANE HEAPS OF PRAISE ON JOSE RIVEIRO

While heaping praise on the coach, Mosimane has admitted the Spaniard has done a pretty impressive job in turning the Sea Robbers around.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns coach has hailed Riveiro as an exceptional “calm and humble” football facilitator.

“First, I must congratulate the Buccaneers (for winning two trophies),” Mosimane said on Power FM Sport Show.

Pitso Mosimane praises Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro
Pitso Mosimane with his entire technical staff 

“The coach, first year, two trophies. I am very much impressed. I have been listening to him about formations and tactics. He is very spot on.

“He knows his stuff, he is very calm and humble and he has also done very well.

“You know my opinion about European coaches in South Africa. This is what we want to see, this is value add, brilliant. This is what we need from European coaches in South Africa.”

By Clifton Mabasa

Former Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane on  Wednesday paid a courtesy visit to the SA U/23 side. 

This is ahead of their all important Olympic qualifiers against Congo Brazzaville on Thursday at Dobsonville Stadium. They will also play a return fixture on Tuesday, 28 March. 

He was received by SAFA president Danny Jordaan, head of technical Jack Maluleka and coach David Notoane. 

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“Today I had the privilege to visit the South African U23 men’s team,” he wrote on his Twitter account. 

“I told the boys to nurture their talent with hard work and dedication. 

“All the best to the boys & the technical team for tomorrow’s game, make us proud,” he said. 

Pitso Mosimane visit SA U/23 side
Pitso Mosimane visit SA U/23 side

Coach Notoane believes the players will give him a good headache in terms of the selection. 

“So far so good. We have always prepared for the situation that we find ourselves in, playing on Thursday and coming into camp on Sunday,” he said. 

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“It was always going to present a few challenges logistically. On the first day of course we had to manage recovery protocols with players having played over the weekend. To ensure we get the team as fresh as possible.

“Today we are wrapping up in terms of our basics and fine-tuning certain elements of our preparations. I think we have a strong and talented team that is giving us a lot of permutations going into this particular tie. So far one is content with where we are.” 

The match starts at 15:00. 

Three-time CAF Champions League winner Pitso Mosimane has been voted coach of the Month in the Saudi First Division League.

Mosimane is tasked with bringing back Saudi club Al-Ahli Jeddah to the country’s top tier league. They are currently second on the log, a point behind leaders Al-hazim with mine matches to play.

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The club went five matches without a defeat and only lost last week when they went down 2-0 to third place Al Riyadh. 

Coach of the month award humbles Pitso Mosimane

I am humbly receiving this award,” said Mosimane.

Pitso-Mosimane
Pitso-Mosimane

“On behalf of the players, our supporters, fans, management, staff, board and vice President and President of the team and our families. It is our award and we all contributed.” 

“Also not forgetting the sponsors and everybody who voted for us. Shukran.” 

More to follow…