South Africa—Pitso ‘Jingles’ Mosimane a South African football manager and former player currently managing Al Ahly in the Egyptian Premier League has hit out to FIFA for unfair treatment because he is ‘African.’
In his sentiments Pitso made a call to the world and more precise to Africa to start appreciating African footballers and coaches.
The Al Ahly manager disclosed this after bagging another trophy at the CAF Champions league title, against South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs being his 17th overall and eighth in the past 18 months.
Pitso has rebuked FIFA and the France football (the publication in charge of the famous Ballon d’Or awards) for failing to appreciate him and other many Africans exceptionally exceling in the sport.
“At the FIFA awards in the Ballon d’Or and the Coach of then Year categories, we don’t feature. It is only the Europeans who feature. I have won eight trophies but nobody cares because I am not a coach of Liverpool but the history stays.” Mosimane spoke.
“Africa should trust its own people. He (Al Ahly chairman Mahamoud El Khatib) could have gone to Europe and brought all the Europeans who are coming to Africa to coach but we have Africans who can win it ourselves. Why don’t we believe we can win it? He added.
“The 2019 Afcon was won by an Algerian coach (Djamel Belmadi) and the losing finalists were Senegal, coached by Aliou Cisse. We sometimes give Europeans too much respect and we forget who we are. We just look for anybody from Europe and we give them the team, we have the personnel.
“Why are Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah conquering the UEFA champions league? The problem is that we just look for anybody from Europe and we give him the team to coach. But we have the resources. Africa has the resources, there is something we can do.” Pitso said.