Five reasons Pitso will stay with Downs


Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has confirmed that contract negotiations between himself and the club are underway and he is prepared to stay at Chloorkop next season.

Mosimane has enjoyed more success at Sundowns than any coach in the club's history and also delivered the elusive CAF Champions League trophy in 2016.

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'Jingles' has already spelled it out that he wants to stay with The Brazilians beyond his current contract, which is set to expire in June next year, but all will depend on the talks with management. reveals some of Mosimane's reasons, in the coach's own words, that motivates the 2016 CAF Coach of the Year to stay for another term.

1. Special relationship with Patrice Motsepe

"Me and the president we have another relationship. It's a special relationship. If you ask me if I want to go, I will say I want to stay.

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"He has told you, he has made a public commitment. When two people want each other, they will end up in the same place and same kraal."

2. Special bond with the players

"It's very difficult for me to detach myself from the players. We started this project together. It's very difficult to detach myself from the stands. It's so difficult. It's no longer a job, it's a home, it's a family."

3. Special love from the supporters

"I have been loved here. We have so much history. I have a special moment with the team. I have been with SuperSport United for seven years but it cannot be compared to [the love I have at] Sundowns.

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"We've got people singing, making a song about me. There is a flag going around with my face [when we play at the stadium]. You don't take that for granted."

4. Special attachment to the club

"I have lived my life with the team and travelled this journey together. I always say when you are loved at a place, don't envy somewhere else and say probably I would be loved there and hoping the grass is greener there. I always say it's better the devil you know."

5. Special loyalty and success with the club

"I didn't take offers from big teams in South Africa. I didn't take offers from big teams in Africa. I had an offer on the table from Qatar. More money than Sundowns. I stayed because I wanted to honour my contract. I stayed without looking at the money.

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"They always say loyalty doesn't pay the bills. I didn't take the offers. I stayed. They say it will follow success, simple as that. The club is celebrating its 50th anniversary and I wanted to make a commitment to be part of that."