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Sundowns: Humble brags aside Mosimane is committed

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has reaffirmed his commitment to the club despite acknowledging big-money offers to coach in Qatar.

The coach intimated it was not in his character to use the offers he has received as leverage to get a better pay package out of Sundowns.

Mosimane said that he has every intention of honouring his current deal with Sundowns and claimed to not be motivated by money.

Speaking from Sundowns pre-season camp, Mosimane said: “Ever since I am at Sundowns I have honoured my contracts, I stay and finish my contract.

“I don’t hold the team to ransom to say ‘see now the people of Qatar how much they want to give to me and then give me [same amount] otherwise I am going to Qatar’. 

“I have never done that and I would never do that. I am a decent man and if it was that I could have used that against Sundowns and if they don’t give me I would have gone. I don’t do that, I am humbled and I am aware in Africa I am appreciated.”

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Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates a victory with Anthony Laffor of Mamelodi Sundowns after winning the 2017-18 PSL title. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Mosimane says that the esteem in which he is held on the continent is something special to him and it was brought home to him during the Africa Cup of Nations. The Sundowns coach says he is content with his lot and is proud of what he has achieved in his career to date.

“For me to go work for TV in Egypt, the only channel that won the AFCON rights and they say do Egypt games,” Mosimane said.

“They can’t give to me, I mean there are so many people that could have been given but they gave it to me to say we want you to be here and talk about Egypt. I am humbled. My [co] analyst showed me that the Wydad fans are asking their president and want me to come over as a coach. You get humbled, you get honoured. 

“There is a Qatar deal on the table. I have to honour my contract, you have to do the right thing, money will always follow success, so do well, do the right things, it will always come right. I don’t want Sundowns to say ‘ah but this guy had a contract’ you know the story and you can’t go.  

“I understand, I am living properly with my means I’m okay, I am not living above [my means]. I don’t have any ambition of being a billionaire because I am not going to be a billionaire, not in South African football and African football.”

Mosimane rejoined Sundowns training shortly after the players returned for pre-season assessment and is with the squad in Botswana.

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