Pitso Mosimane Praised by New York Times, American Paper Talks About FIFA’s the Best Awards Snub

Pitso Mosimane Praised by New York Times, American Paper Talks About FIFA’s the Best Awards Snub

Byron Pillay
January 17, 2022 at 11:24 AM
  • American newspaper The New York Times has praised Pitso Mosimane for his achievements in soccer last year
  • The New York Times article raised the point of Pitso's snub from The Best FIFA awards despite his numerous achievements
  • Fans have taken to social media to thank the New York Times for highlighting Pitso's achievements during the past year

Pitso Mosimane's exclusion from the nomination list for the upcoming FIFA The Best awards still has many people talking and now even the New York Times is having its say.

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Pitso was excluded from the list for the best coach award. Pep Guardiola, Tomas Tuchel and Roberto Mancini are the finalists. Image: Karim Jaafar/ Tom Flathers/ Liam McBurney/ Simon Stacpoole
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Thomas Tuchel, Roberto Mancini and Pep Guardiola were all shortlisted as finalists for The Best Men's Coach of the year, FIFA confirmed but many couldn't understand why Pitso wasn't included in the shortlist.

The New York Times recently did an article on Pitso's achievements this year alone and also touched on the issue of him not receiving the recognition he deserves. Rory Smith's views in the article has many South African's agreeing on social media and praising the paper for bringing the issue to light.


"Good read @RorySmith. The fact that @TheRealPitso was not even nominated for the FIFA Best Coach of the Year is laughable. He has achieved a lot in a short span in an environment where bigger and renowned names failed woefully. The name deserves some respect just as the continent."


"Top interview Rory, and the bottom line is highly important. Achievements in football shouldn’t be overlooked because of geography/stereotypes. Marcelo Gallardo, Lionel Scaloni, Djamel Belmadi also could feature in this list, but what’s far from Western Europe doesn’t count."


"@FIFAcom will never change especially how they favor Europeans and their continuous treatment of African competitions as small tournaments. Pitso is better than most of coaches in top 5 European Leagues."


"Well written article by Rory Smith. Pitso Mosimane is undoubtedly one of the best coaches in the world, anyone who knows football will agree. Unfortunately FIFA is an archaic institution led by by dinosaurs."

Pitso Mosimane speaks out about FIFA Men's Coach award snub, fans disgusted that Africans are often excluded

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 shortlisted, Sports Brief earlier reported.

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. Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel were shortlisted as finalist's for the Best FIFA Men's Coach award, FIFA confirmed.

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.

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