It's About Being Acknowledged - Pitso

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane admitted he's humbled to be acknowledged by CAF after being nominated for the highest coaching honours on the continent. 


The 55-year-old has been nominated for the 2019 Coach of the Year award, an accolade he first picked up in 2016 after guiding Masandawana to glory in the Caf Champions League.


“Firstly, I’d say congratulations to Denis, Themba Zwane and Percy Tau… he’s still our boy, for being nominated in that space because they have done well. Themba Zwane was the top scorer in the Champions League last year. He had a fantastic run, myself included,” Mosimane told SABC Sport.


“None of those people I have mentioned has been nominated because they have done well for themselves. We have been nominated for the team because without the team, we, as coaches, can just play big or whatever but we don’t play.


“The players play but I’m humbled. I appreciate being acknowledged. For me, it’s to be acknowledged. When you are acknowledged it’s important. When you win it, it’s a cherry on top.


“I was nominated with Micho (Milutin Sredojevic) and coach Ibenge, I think he was the coach of Esperance in 2016. I got it but just be humble. As long as the continent acknowledges us. 


"Themba Zwane, Denis Onyango, Percy and me, I think that’s enough. “We just represent the club. We are the ones on the pedestal but people who make the stage are these guys (the players).”