Pitso Mosimane said he certainly didn’t want to get drawn into any criticism of Bafana coach Hugo Broos, but did acknowledge there were some concerns when it comes to his communication.
“I never criticise any coach of Bafana before me or after me because it’s a difficult space, I’ve been there,” Mosimane said, as quoted by Goal.com.
“Yes, Hugo Broos has said some things. I know that some local coaches were not happy with him about the way he conducts his relationships with them, the way he doesn’t even give them feedback, injury reports, and what kind of training is done.
“When I was the coach, I gave you the vision. I gave you the vision to say of where I think the national team should go with time frames, what needs to be and all that. All the times we’ve had games, I used to write reports and I give the reports to the coaches, about their injuries and everything,” Mosimane continued.
“I read that Rulani [Mokwena] was not happy that the players are coming back injured and there are no reports, Mandla Ncikazi also, if I’m not mistaken, so there’s been a lot between the national coach and the teams.
“I stayed away, [but] when we bought Percy, Percy came to us injured from the national team. I did not get the report. I wanted to know what happened, where did he get injured, and what are his scans saying? What do we do? We need to collaborate.”
Meanwhile, Mosimane also commented on a talking point that emerged after Al Ahly disappointingly finished as CAF Champions League runners-up after losing 2-0 to Wydad Athletic Club in the final played at Mohamed V Stadium on Monday.
At the post-match medal ceremony, Al Ahly players were quick to remove their silver medals, and Sundowns senior coach Steve Komphela was one onlooker who took to social media to slam them for showing a lack of respect.
“It’s so disgusting watching players given medals and disrespectfully pulling them out of their necks. Lack of respect. Class? No matter how you feel, you must always maintain class, dignity and respect. So sad,” he posted on social media.
However, Pitso Mosimane has defended his players, and explained that he also gave his medal away.
“I don’t play for silver medals, I play for gold,” he told Andile Ncube during a live interview on SABC Sport.
“Don’t give me a silver medal, I don’t want it. I took my silver medal off, I gave it to the photographer.”
PITSO MOSIMANE’S AL AHLY MISS OUT ON R40 MILLION AFTER LATEST CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DEFEAT
Apart from his failure to deliver another CAF Champions League trophy, Mosimane also missed out on adding another R40 million to Al Ahly’s bank account.
The CAF Champions League pays $2.5 million to ultimate winners, and that equates to around R40 million in South African Rands.
And this is disappointing for Al Ahly considering that they invested a lot in dominating continental football so much so they even handed Mosimane a new bumper deal in February.
Wydad won the R40 million while Al Ahly walked away with silverware medals and $1.25 million (R20 million) for their efforts.