Pitso Mosimane Speaks Out About FIFA Men’s Coach Award Snub, Fans Disgusted That Africans Are Often Excluded

Pitso Mosimane Speaks Out About FIFA Men’s Coach Award Snub, Fans Disgusted That Africans Are Often Excluded

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
  • The Best FIFA Men's Coach finalists were announced and fans were upset that Pitso Mosiman wasn't nominated
  • Pitso is considered to be the best coach in Africa but didn't earn a nomination for the FIFA Best Awards
  • Fans took to social media to show their support for Pitso, believing that FIFA was racist towards African players and coaches

There's been an uproar on social media as the finalists for The Best FIFA Men's Coach for 2021 was announced and Africa's best coach, Pitso Mosimane wasn't included.

The Best FIFA Football awards honours the best players and coaches in the world of football and are chosen by a panel of judges, journalists, players and fans.

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Pitso has spoken out about how African players and coaches don't receive the same recognition after the finalist's for the Best FIFA Football Awards were announced. Image: David Ramos/ Visionhaus
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Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel were shortlisted as finalist's for the Best FIFA Men's Coach award, FIFA confirmed but the exclusion of Africa's best coach Pitso Mosimane had many up in arms, including Pitso himself.

Taking to Twitter Pitso commented on a tweet asking why he wasn't included in the list of finalists. His reply garnered the support of many who felt the same.


"Sir Pitso, you are really the best in our eyes and we don't care about the racist FIFA awards, be well 'we are always with you until the end"


"That time ur achievements are unmatched with any African http://coach.You won what most of so called "Good coaches from overseas" failed to achieve in Africa."


"We don’t need reaffirmation from Europeans..In our eyes & hearts,you will always be the Greatest African Coach of all times.."


"Europe never took Africa seriously... America has their own cup,medals, trophies, etc, they don't care about Europe... So let's(Africans) do our own and make it bigger than theirs. We have everything we need to do it! We have the infrastructure, the skills, the support, etc."


"It's about time Africa stop using Europe as the barometer of success and do our own things here. That's why I believe they should name these awards in line with their continent. They should stop with the "World" in their shenanigans these charlatans"

Top details about the highest-paid coach in PSL

The South African Premier Soccer League (PSL), officially referred to as the DStv Premiership, remains one of the most competitive leagues in Africa. Because of this, it attracts some of the most experienced coaches on the continent, Sports Brief reported.

The DStv Premiership consists of 16 teams, each with a coach, assisted by one or more deputies. Kaizer Chief, Mamelodi Sundown and Orlando Pirates are among the top clubs in the league that pay their coaches staggering amounts every month.

Stuart Baxter tops the list as the highest-paid coach in PSL 2021/22 with a whopping monthly salary of R750,000. Baxter is also among the most experienced managers in the league and has also coached the national team.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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