Biography Profile: Pitso Mosimane

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He came from and grew in Soweto, and he grew with football at the local level too – as a very young guy with dreams and passion. After adequately showing his stuff to relevant people at the grassroots level, he soon found himself excelling adequately. He could easily scale through via his superb abilities and skills as far as football is concerned (he was classic, that he even scores with his two legs). He runs very quick and gives opponents a lot of headaches. He is a dedicated player who plays with zealousness when he is on the field. Perhaps, one of the factors we can’t but mention that helped Pitso so much as a footballer was his consistency (he performs well almost regularly).

Before talking about his properties, it is appropriate to consider his salary. According to reports, the skillful manager is one of the highest-paid in, not only South Africa but Africa as a whole. He earns hugely each month at Mamelodi Sundown where he works. It is being said that he receives up to R700, 000 each month. That means Pitso earns close to R10 million annually. You can imagine how huge that is? So, consider what Pitso pockets each month! Are you still wondering why he is always being encouraged to work harder to bring out the best in his players? Of course, he is obviously a man with a passion for football. But then, we can’t ignore the fact that earning such money has a way of encouraging him to be better. So, it is obvious that just a few coaches in Africa can boast of earning more than him as salary. In fact, with such money, he shouldn’t have issues getting things he desires to get without raising an eyelid.

About his house, there is not much information about this. But definitely, a wealthy man like Pitso won’t have a problem getting a nice accommodation for himself and his family.

Pitso Mosimane Cars

For his cars, he is known to be a lover of cars. Obviously, although he spends a lot of time on things that concerns football, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have other lifestyle and habits. He also enjoys himself outside the pitch. He has been seen behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz C350 before now, and then, in 2018, he was rewarded for his dedication and commitment when he was given a brand new car in the presence of some of his guys (it was videoed, and the video went viral).

The Hyundai Tuscon, which is said to cost around R400 000, is befitting the status of a man like Pitso who has won various trophies for the club since he was appointed in 2012.

Pitso Mosimane Cars

Pitso Mosimane Cars

Pitso Mosimane Career

When he was still a footballer, he was known for his long-distance shots – even though he couldn’t dribble much, but he capitalised on his strength to impress his club and fans. Due to these factors, Sundowns paid a lot to have him move to their side in the mid-1980s.

However, he has long left the pitch as a football player and has become a classic football manager. The former South African international is one of the most successful managers in the country as things stand now, having won a handful of trophies in his career. He is highly respected in the Premier Soccer League and has been at the top of the scene for some time now.

He is one of the longest-serving managers in the league and has made a name for himself (setting records which some others might find difficult to break).

In 2007, Pitso was made the caretaker coach of the South African senior side before the eventual appointment of Carlos Alberto Parreira. After Parreira came to take charge, he was still retained as an assistant manager, before becoming the head coach in July 2010. He was still Parreira’s assistant by the time the country hosted the World Cup back then in 2010 (and the duo couldn’t help the team get close to winning the trophy).

After Carlos Parreira left the scene, Mosimane was given a four-year contract to make the country proud (he made fans happy when he helped the boys to win his very first game as head coach of the team – 1–0 against a strong Ghanaian side).

Unfortunately, he couldn’t live up to expectations following South Africa’s inability to make it to the 2012 African Cup of Nations. In the last game of the qualifiers, rather than earning a crucial three-point that would have pushed them to the competition, they could share just a point that wasn’t enough to push them into the 2012 tournament.

However, after leaving the South African national side, he has found success with club football. He was boss at Mamelodi Sundowns and was able to win the 2016 CAF Champions League for the side (after beating Zamalek in the finals). Following that particular feat, he became more respected and honoured in the world of football, and it is not too surprising that he was even named as one of the best football managers in the world at large (by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics). He was also honoured with the Coach of the Year award at the 2016 Glo-CAF awards held in faraway Nigeria. Of course, he undoubtedly deserves it – following his impressive records. He not only won the league in the 2015/16 campaign but also took the Telkom Knockout trophy.

He has set a pace every other South African manager will work very hard to meet. As things stand now, he remains the only manager that has won all domestic trophies in a Premier Soccer League season.

He has a lovely wife – in the person of Moira Mosimane. The union has produced two lovely children – Lelentle and Kopano. He is a man who is interested in the game of football that he looks beyond his own circle, to make comments on stuff happening elsewhere. For instance, some weeks before now, he expressed admiration for Maritzburg United (which means he has been following them). He made known his excitement about how they have been playing, and admitted that he hasn’t seen them do some things before now.

Pitso Mosimane House

Pitso Mosimane House

Professional Positions He Has Held Before Now

  • 1982 to 1983: He was a Professional Soccer Player at Jomo Cosmos Football Club. Here is where he started his professional career.
  • 1985 – 1987: He joined Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club as a Professional Soccer Player (who won’t have envisioned that some years after, he would come back to manage the club into pride).
  • 1993 – 1994: Following his impressive performances at club level, he was invited into international football. He played Professional Soccer for South African Bafana Bafana Soccer Team.
  • 2001 – 2007: After hanging his boots, he became boss at SuperSport United Football Club.
  • 2006 – 2010: Following his brilliant performances at SuperSport United Football Club, he was made an assistant coach of South African Bafana Bafana Soccer Team.
  • 2010 – 2012: He proceeded to be the Head Coach of South African Bafana Bafana Soccer Team.

Pitso Mosimane Awards

Pitso remains one of the most successful football managers from South Africa, and he remains one of the most decorated too. He has won various important awards, including:

  • South African Football Association Coach of the Year (in 2010).
  • Absa Premiership Coach of Quarter Four (in 2013).
  • Coach of the Year at the 2016 Glo-CAF awards in Abuja, Nigeria (in 2017).