Calling for Pitso

Coach Johan Neeskens says Sundowns fans are free to say what they want
Persistent chanting by barracking fans for Pitso Mosimane to take over as coach at Mamelodi Sundowns has failed to shake current coach Johan Neeskens … or so he says.

Mosimane’s name was shouted out by a small band of Sundowns’ fans who vented their spleen at the weekend after their club lost for a fourth successive game, this time going down 1-0 to Lamontville Golden Arrows at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.

“They can shout what they what,” was the reaction of the former Dutch World Cup star to questions about being replaced by the recently fired Bafana Bafana coach.
“What can I do?” he asked.

Under pressure Neeskens has had to deal with angry supporters two matches in a row and increasing speculation about being on the brink of being sacked by Sundowns’ billionaire owner Patrice Motsepe.

The owner has not seen any silverware at his club for the last four years despite ploughing millions into buying quality players.

“I’ll keeping working, that’s all I can do,” added Neeskens. “Everyone can say what they want. It’s a free country.”

Neeskens said he had seen enough positives in the weekend game against Arrows – which the Brazilians lost to a last minute penalty -- to suggest Sundowns would emerge from their slump, although his players were again wasteful in front of goal.

Nine players were missing from the match. “We did not have a lot of alternatives up front,” added Neeskens.