Doctor Khumalo credits Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane for raising the bar for South African coaches

Following Masandawana's league triumph, the Amakhosi legend is the latest personality to offer his congratulations

Former Kaizer Chiefs star Doctor Khumalo, has credited Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane for gaining the recognition which South African born coaches deserve but do not always receive.

Masandawana recently claimed their eighth Premier Soccer League (PSL) crown after beating Ajax Cape Town 3-1. While the league title comes as welcomed silverware to the Sundowns trophy cabinet, for the Brazilians’ 53-year-old mentor, the league title is just another accolade to add to his glowing CV.

In just five years at the Tshwane-based outfit, Mosimane has won three PSL titles, including several other domestic and continental cup trophies, earning the respect of his peers, none more so than the former Amakhosi assistant coach.

Khumalo who recently took over as the technical director of Baroka FC is back on the bench after being asked to fill in until the end of the season, and has sent a congratulatory message to the former Bafana Bafana coach, following his latest triumph.  

“You (Mosimane) are taking our coaching jobs [as locals] to another level, because no-one is giving us credit as South African coaches, but through you, Manqoba Mngqithi (Sundowns’ assistant coach) and other coaches, it’s a job well done guys,” Khumalo was quoted as saying by FARPost.

“Well again, just to congratulate Pitso and his technical team, the players, the supporters, obviously the management and the chairman [Patrice Motsepe].

Sundowns earned the right to be called champions by reaching the 59 point mark, seven points more than their closest rival Orlando Pirates with one game still to go.

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“It’s a job well done and congratulations. You’ve done it again and I’m proud of you Pitso. I’ll give you a call and congratulate you personally,” he continued.

“I know you will probably hear it from the media, but as a friend and as a colleague, I’m very proud of you,” Khumalo concluded.