Pitso Mosimane is the current Manager at Al Ahly SC in the Egyptian Premier League having left Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club in September 2020.
Pitso had been with the South African Club for almost eight years and led the team to 5 Premier League titles and a CAF Champions League Victory. This is amongst other applauded accolades.
By acclamation, Mosimane is considered the best coach in South Africa at present given his success since returning to domestic football in 2012.
Player and early Coaching career
Pitso’s professional playing career lasted thirteen years from 1982 to 1995. Between 1982 and 1983, he played professional soccer for Jomo Cosmos Football Club under Jomo Sono, whom he attributes his career to. His prowess as a midfielder saw him join Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club and Orlando Pirates Football Club and later making a move abroad. He had a successful seven-year career playing in Greece, Belgium and Qatar. He received a call up to the South African National Squad (Bafana Bafana) in 1993 and made four appearances for the national side during the 1993/1994 season.
His first-ever coaching spell was in 1995 as a 31-year-old while playing for Rita Berlaar in Belgium; as an assistant for the Club’s youth team. While on his return to South Africa, he initially was on the pitch as a player for Sundowns, then coach Ted Dumitru gave him a greater challenge by asking him to coach the Sundowns youth team. Pitso was then recruited to head up SuperSport’s Football Club youth programme and later became assistant coach to Bruce Grobbelaar in the SuperSport’s Senior Team. This led to a tenure with Dutch clubs, Feyernoord and Heerenveen under the tutelage of legendary European coaches Foppe de Haan and Albert Stuivenberg. It was here that Pitso even got a chance to coach the likes of future world-class player Robin van Persie.
In December 2001 halfway in the season, Mosimane was appointed as an Interim Head Coach for the Senior Team of SuperSport United Football Club. He went on to complete six seasons as Head coach at the Club until 2007, lifting the SAA Super 8 trophy in 2004 and the ABSA Cup in 2005 and competing in 6 cup finals in a row. Ending that season, Mosimane was honoured with the PSL Coach of the Year award.
While still coaching SuperSport United Football club he was appointed to serve as Bafana Bafana assistant coach to Ted Dimitri at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations and, later appointed as an Interim Coach for Bafana Bafana, until Carlos Alberto Parreira was appointed as head coach. He appeared as an assistant coach to Carlos Alberto Parreira for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. In July 2010, he was appointed as Bafana Bafana Head Coach, a position which he occupied until June 2012.