Pitso Mosimane Claims Responsibility for Adding South American 'Flavour' to Mamelodi Sundowns Squad

Pitso Mosimane Claims Responsibility for Adding South American 'Flavour' to Mamelodi Sundowns Squad

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
  • Pitso Mosimane has told popular radio presenters that he personally went to find players
  • The former Mamelodi Sundowns coach is enjoying his holiday before picking up a new job
  • 'Jingles' has been linked to several coaching jobs, most notably the Kaizer Chiefs hot-seat

Hands-on leaders know what they want and take it upon themselves to go get it.

Sitting in the Metro FM studios, Pitso Mosimane stated he was the man who began Mamelodi Sundowns' pursuit of talent from across the Atlantic.

Masandawana has had a flow of South Americans arriving at Chloorkop in the last decade, helping elevate the club to become one of the most recognisable brands in Africa.

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Pitso Mosimane claimed he was instrumental in establishing Mamelodi Sundowns' conveyor belt of South American talent. Photo: @UnplayableZA.
Source: Twitter

South Africa has long had an affinity with South America, often drawing comparisons between the flair and fluidity shared by both styles of play.

Under Mosimane's leadership, Sundowns signed Gaston Sirino, Jose Ali Meza, Ricardo Nascimento, Emiliano Tade, and Leandro Casto.

Speaking about scouting and player development, the veteran tactician was recorded by DJ Sabby as saying:

"That's what I did, I found all the South Americans. I was going there and bringing them back. I did it myself."

Quizzed on where he found a gap to travel to South America, he issued a prophetic response, saying:

"Guys, if you want to do something, you will make time."

However, it was an all-African lineup that secured Sundowns' crowning glory in 2016. Nascimento was present throughout the season but was injured for the CAF Champions League against Zamalek.

As per SoccerLaduma and Transfermarkt, no South American assistance was needed in the first or second leg, respectively.

Mosimane is currently in South Africa enjoying the festive season with his family, and Kaizer Chiefs will be hoping he makes his stay permanent come 2024.

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Kaizer Motaung explains delay with new coach

Sports Brief recently reported on the Kaizer Chiefs founder explaining why the club has not made a permanent appointment.

The Premier Soccer League giants are still without a permanent manager after the sacking of Molefi Ntseki two months ago.

Several managers have been linked, with Pitso Mosimane and Manchester United assistant coach, Benni McCarthy the favourites.

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Jarryd Westerdale
Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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