Pitso inches closer to CAF immortality

CAF Champions League

Pitso Mosimane has inched one step closer to immortality on the African continent after winning his third CAF Champions League crown.

Mosimane solidified his status as one of African football's greatest-ever coaches when he masterminded a second consecutive Champions League victory with Al Ahly, and his third overall following his triumph with Mamelodi Sundowns in 2016, by defeating Kaizer Chiefs in the final in Morocco on Sunday evening.

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The former Bafana Bafana coach's latest success has seen him climb into second place among the most successful tacticians to have graced the competition, with former Ahly boss Manuel Jose standing as the only other manager who has won more titles on the grandest stage.

Mosimane, who is one of only eight coaches to have won multiple CAF Champions League crowns, is also only the fifth to have done so in consecutive seasons, and saw the club achieve a record-extending 10th title-win in the competition following his latest exploits.

He is also the flagbearer for Southern African football and stands as the only manager from the region to have won the title more than once, with the list dominated by contemporaries from North Africa and a smattering of coaches from West and Central Africa, South America and Europe.

The 56-year-old's remarkable record with the Red Devils in the competition, which includes 12 wins and just one defeat in 16 matches, suggests he will compete for the coveted trophy once again in the seasons to come, and he will do so with the knowledge that one more triumph will see him join Jose as the greatest to have graced the Champions League.

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