Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman Irvin Khoza has revealed a prediction he made about Pitso Mosimane at the annual awards seven years ago.
Mosimane earned the 2019/20 PSL Coach of the Season and Chairman's awards on Thursday evening at the virtual event which marked the end of his dominant era in South African top-flight football.
Having left for Al Ahly last month as the most decorated coach in PSL history with five league titles to his name, Khoza admits he knew Mosimane was destined for success after his first season with the Brazilians.
"In 2013 I made a prediction. It was at the PSL Awards at Gold Reef City," Khoza said. "I used a salutation ya Sepedi, Mr Phumlani Msibi – the PSL encyclopaedia will help you recall, 'shate!, shate!, o a sa reng shate wa duma'.
"I made a prediction then that this recipient would bring to South Africa the next CAF Champions League star. In 2016 he fulfilled my prediction."
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Khoza added: "I said then that the singularity of his attention to detail was such that he would cement his position as the most successful club coach in South Africa – which he has just done.
"Today as I recognise his achievements with a Chairman’s Award, congratulations Mr Pitso Mosimane."
Mosimane's Red Devils side face off against Wydad Casablanca for the second leg tie of their CAF Champions League semi-final at the Cairo International Stadium (21h00).