Mosimane gives praise to Manqoba

Mosimane picked up the gong for February, during which Sundowns managed two wins and to draws to rise to the summit of the Absa Premiership log standings.

The outspoken tactician, however, refused to accept all the credit as he praised his charges’ efforts on the pitch as well as his support staff that have stepped up in his absence.

“As I always say, I’m only the recipient of the award but it’s the players that enables the coach to get it, because if they win the games then I come and look good here,” said ‘Jingles’.

“And I must also not forget my technical team – Manqoba, with his experience, and our goalkeeper coach Wendell [Robinson]. It shows the support and experience I have around me.

“I’m surrounded by good people because, to be honest, I’m not around all the time. I’m forever out of the country fighting for my CAF Pro Licence and compromising the team a little bit, especially at difficult times like this when we’re fighting for the [league] title.”

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The 2016 CAF Coach of the Year also exalted his colleague, who he feels has not received his due praise for the work he puts in behind the scenes, suggesting that he goes about his business quietly without being as prominent as other assistants elsewhere.

“Also, KB [Rangoaga] – the physical trainer doesn’t get a lot of credit, while Manqoba is not highlighted as the top assistant coach – he’s just quiet next to me, supporting me and taking the team when I’m not around,” he added.

“So, I have to give him credit also as the top assistant coach in the PSL. He’s got experience, he’s actually not an assistant coach but a head coach, he’s won titles on his own; he’s won the biggest one on the continent and there’s no title he hasn’t won. He’s got exactly what I have and he’s as qualified as me.

“Sometimes people like me, I forget the right people close to me because they don’t get the media attention, so it’s probably time to highlight coach Manqoba for carrying the flag all the time, and quietly so – not a lot of things.”

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