Pitso Mosimane

Pitso Mosimane. Image via Instagram @therealpitsomosimane

UJ explain why Pitso Mosimane was handed honorary doctorate

Pitso Mosimane has received a Honorary Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Johannesburg. Here are the reasons why.

Pitso Mosimane

Pitso Mosimane. Image via Instagram @therealpitsomosimane

Famed South African football manager Pitso Mosimane has established himself as one of the most highly regarded coaches in the game, having built up a decorated CV over the last two decades.

After stints with SuperSport United and then the South African national team, Mosimane further enhanced his reputation with a memorable spell at the helm of Mamelodi Sundowns.

That paved the way for an opportunity with Egyptian giants Al Ahly, where he achieved great success, while he has continued his endeavours abroad with Al-Ahli, Al Wahda and Abha FC.

He won the South African Football Association Coach of the Year Award, was awarded the PSL Coach of the Season Award on five occasions and was named the CAF Coach of the Year in 2016.

Pitso Mosimane has now received an honorary doctorate

In a special announcement, the University of Johannesburg has confirmed Mosimane has been handed an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy.

In information provided to TheSouthAfrican.com, the institute stated: “Such accomplishments demonstrate his exceptional leadership, strategic acumen, and ability to motivate and inspire a team to perform at the highest level. Mr. Mosimane has been vocal about the potential and quality of African football and has consistently advocated for African players to receive equal opportunities and recognition in global football.

“His outspokenness has helped shed light on the talent pool in Africa and the need for increased investment and development in the continent’s football infrastructure. He continues to excel in this avenue with the development of the Pitso Mosimane Soccer Schools. Mosimane’s success has broken barriers and shattered stereotypes, demonstrating that African coaches and players can excel at the highest levels of the game.”

The ceremony where Mosimane will receive his honorary doctorate is scheduled for Thursday, July 25th, at 16:30

Professor Bettine van Vuuren, Registrar at UJ, emphasised that the true measure of success in education extends beyond the mere quantity of graduates.

“Rather, it lies in the quality of intellect and character they bring to the wider community,” she said.

Further stressing the significance of Honorary Degrees, Prof van Vuuren added: “An Honorary Doctorate serves as recognition for individuals who have made substantial contributions to a particular field or has offered exceptional service to society, closely aligning with the University’s vision, mission, values, and strategic objectives.”

Another accolade for the coach known as ‘Jingles’