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Pitso Mosimane during a visit to South Africa in 2023. Image: @TheRealPitso/Twitter

Pitso Mosimane frustrated at lack of African coaches in Europe

Former Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane has expressed his frustration at the lack of African coaches in European football.

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Pitso Mosimane during a visit to South Africa in 2023. Image: @TheRealPitso/Twitter

Former Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane has expressed his frustration at the lack of African coaches in European football.

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According to the KingFut website, Mosimane is currently managing Al-Wehda of the United Arab Emirates and after a stellar career in Africa.

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After an impressive spell at Cairo giants Al Ahly, the now 59-year-old Pitso Mosimane took charge of Al-Ahli Jeddah in the second division and guided them back to the Saudi Pro League.

Despite his managerial success, Mosimane has never managed a club in Europe, but believes his qualifications are not the reason holding him back.

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“Football is not about where you come from but we have to tell the truth and look at the way it is and its effect,” Mosimane told AD Sports.

“We can run around and we can escape and make excuses but Europe simply does not employ African coaches.

“My job is to build the trust and legacy of African coaches and make them say ‘Look, I think there’s something in Africa’, give them a chance.

“Europe is not ready to accept an African coach yet. They come to Africa to buy players to help them win the Champions League.

“Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah came to help Liverpool win the Champions League just like Neymar and Messi.

“If you check the transfers, how much was paid for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah and how much was paid for South America?

“They have to change their mentality with Africa. Kylian Mbappe is African-based, same as N’Golo Kante, and Karim Benzema. Europe is feeding off Africa.

“Yesterday I was watching the Champions League and all the African players were playing. From George Weah, Tony Yeoba to Abedi Pele, they all won it.

“Where is the African coach in all of this? They only have African players. So, you can say that African coaches must have a certain quality. Well, I am here,” he added.

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With three CAF Champions League titles to his name, no African manager has won as many continental trophies as Pitso Mosimane.

“How many coaches in Europe won the Champions League three times? Not many. Pep Guardiola maybe three or four times and Jurgen Klopp once, so it’s difficult,” he continued.

“If I win the Champions League in Africa, doesn’t that mean I am also capable of winning it in Asia or Europe? Do you think a club like Bayern Munich will come to me?

“In reality, they won’t but let’s not talk about Bayern. Let’s talk about Red Bull Salzburg, Leipzig or West Ham. Do you think they have a coach who won trophies like me? None of them do.”

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