Why Pitso's new Downs deal is stalling


Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has explained why he has not yet penned a new deal with the club as his current deal nears an end.

Mosimane is set to run out of contract with Sundowns at the end of the current season but has publicly expressed his interest in continuing in the job he's held for the past seven years.

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'Jingles' arrived at The Brazilians in December 2012, when the team was in a dire position at the bottom end of the table, but managed to turn things around and lead the club to six major titles, including four domestic championships and two on the international stage.

One of his main continental rivals Wydad Casablanca have recently parted ways with their coach, and suggestions are that the Moroccan giants could look to poach the former Bafana Bafana coach from underneath his current employers.

And, as much as he and the club's supporters want him to stay and continue the great work he's done at Chloorkop, the 55-year-old tactician has since revealed that he has yet to sign on the dotted line.

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"No, we haven't signed, and I know WAC has no coach," commented Mosimane, when asked about his situation and that of Wydad.

Pressed on what the delay in finalising the agreement, he further stressed that it was merely down to principles rather than anything to do with money.

"It's not finances, I can guarentee you. It can never be finances because, firstly, I've never come out in the newspapers being greedy or asking for a raise," he added.

"I've been here for seven years, and my contract has been my contract. I don't go to Mr Motsepe, looking at his wealth to say, 'Hey, after winning one title, can you change the contract a little bit?' 

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"I've won so many trophies, I've never asked for a raise on my contract or whatever. I'm a professional, I've agreed to that [contents of my contract] and I stay on that.

"I don't ask, because I've won titles, or go back to him and say, 'Please change my contract.' No, I'm a professional and I don't take advantage of the wealth that he's created - it's for him and his family, and he worked hard for it.

"I must get paid what I've agreed to, so where we are [stuck] is not on money, trust me. It's just a few principles that we need to agree on, because I'm a man of principles."

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