Pitso replaces Neeskens

2012-12-02 19:07

Johannesburg - Former Bafana Bafana mentor Pitso Mosimane will replace Johan Neeskens, who was fired as head coach of Premiership strugglers Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday.

“Pitso Mosimane will be taking over immediately. He has already been officially introduced the players and the staff at the club," said Sundowns spokesperson Thulani Thuswa.

"Pitso is a very experienced coach and his record speaks volumes.”

Mosimane had been without a job since he was dismissed as head coach of the national team in June, after Bafana went seven straight games without a win.

Thuswa said Mosimane would take charge of the side's league clash against Free State Stars in Phuthaditjhaba on Wednesday.

"He understands the culture of South African football, which made him the best candidate to take over.

"His first task will be leading the team in a league match against Free State Stars, so basically he will be hitting the ground running."

The Brazilians, second from bottom in the league standings, lost 1-0 against Bloemfontein Celtic in the Telkom Knockout final in Durban on Saturday night - their second cup final defeat in seven months.

"The club president, Patrice Motsepe, praised him (Neeskens) for standing by the club even when times where tough," Thuswa said.

“I mean, this is a coach that took the club to two cup finals - the Nedbank Cup and recently the Telkom Knockout.

"He has done his best in the 18 months that he has been with the club."

Neeskens had remained defiant after the Brazilians went down to Celtic, despite being under huge pressure to win the title and appease disgruntled supporters and his bosses.

“It is obviously disappointing, but this was a final where there is always a winner and a loser,” the Dutchman said, just hours before he was fired by the big-spending club.

“I think it will be difficult to lift this team to challenge for the (league) title, but to get away from where we are, I'm confident it's going to work out."

HAVE YOUR SAY: All Sundowns fans: Are you happy with the new appointment of Pitso Mosimane as coach? Or should someone else perhaps have been considered? Send your thoughts to Sport24.


  • Modikoe.Elias.Ramongana - 2012-12-02 19:27

    Welcome 2 the KBY family Jingles,wish u all the luck

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-12-02 19:33

    The best is a trophy in your cabinet, Patrice. Nothing less!

  • jman.maluleke - 2012-12-02 19:35

    Is he coming in with new players? If the answer is No, changing the coach is not a solution until the club management revised all players'salaries and try to close thé player get R450 000 pm and others get far less than that maybe R20 000 pm. Close the gap you will see good results.. Just a brotherly advise, take it or leave it.

      Luxolo Nyirembe Jordan - 2012-12-02 20:31

      ya nhe

      Luxolo Nyirembe Jordan - 2012-12-02 20:34

      jman i 2nd u bru u got a valid point

  • mmoledis - 2012-12-02 19:56

    For Pitso this is not a child's play, he has a mountain to climb as firstly he needs to motivate players and also get in order those who did not want Neeskins to go on a right track and them start winning games, as he has also pressure form supporters to remove Downs where it is now. This is not a half job is a heavy job to do.

  • george.oliphant1 - 2012-12-02 20:25

    They Fired a wrong man Get Trot and Mabena out, the see the club raising

      gjmalgas - 2012-12-02 21:01

      Neeskens or players are not the problem..Management go break the Powerlines (24-0) curse,by playing Powerlines and them beat Sundowns the same score line and Sundowns must sponsor them..

  • george.oliphant1 - 2012-12-02 20:26

    They make wrong choices again by firing a wrong man Trot and Mabena shoul be the once to go. #

  • mandlo.shabalala - 2012-12-02 20:30

    when an African team loses its the coach when it wins its the muthi man , Lol

  • CalvinMabaso - 2012-12-02 20:33

    If they don't revise players salary then there's no change that will take place. It's a pity if our players got issues then they compromise their performance

      jman.maluleke - 2012-12-02 21:01

      Calvin thank you, you raised a good point brother,

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-02 20:56

    The problem is the Russian who has much money. Like Chelsea, like Sundowns. Brought out the scalpel again, Patrice. Just make sure Pitso can count how many points you need, to avoid the drop. It's points that keep you in the league, not African Culture.

  • furlong.lubisi.7 - 2012-12-02 21:10

    Maybe at last lekker can come out from local

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-02 21:18

      Like Pitso's mathematics. Please.

  • william.oupanyana - 2012-12-02 21:18

    neeskens was our christmas present,he deserve 2 go a long time ago.we blame the president.he will join ajax cape town soon or later.

  • ndokweni - 2012-12-02 21:19

    Pisto wil fail

  • wonder.dila - 2012-12-02 21:21

    Finally Motsepe wakes from his long slumber, welcome jingles to the yellow family for the second. We hope the relationship will be long and a fruitful one!!

  • neo.a.may - 2012-12-02 21:26

    That was way over due. Welcome pitso. He knows all the players. He will play them in their rightfull position. Neeskens made a huge mistake by playing most the players out of position we move up the ladder on wednesday night. Thanks news 24.

  • Mandla - 2012-12-02 21:34

    Dats stupid line man has cost Neskeens his job.mxm

  • King Sebetso - 2012-12-02 21:50

    like politics. Pitso for 2nd term. lol

  • shongwe.princesipho - 2012-12-02 22:23

    It is unfortunate that it took a dubious officiating by the official for Johanes Neesken to be sacked. To be honesty the sundowns problems started last immediate after the president praised the coach and called him the best coach ever coached Sundowns. Sundowns went of to finish the league number 5. And lost nedbank cup finals against supersport. I hope Pisto is ready for the challenge. However the coach was not the only one who contribute to the down fall of the team the management failed the team and the supports. Mr president please clean up your house there are rotten potatoes. Prince sipho Shongwe

  • john.teta.3 - 2012-12-02 22:29

    Mayb he wil deliver. Bt 2 me he is equaly useless.

  • john.teta.3 - 2012-12-02 22:29

    Mayb he wil deliver. Bt 2 me he is equaly useless.

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-12-03 09:06

      Stru John, I dont see what made Pitso the best man to replace Neeskens. Pitso has never been an above average coach in his career. Sundowns is going down still.

  • john.teta.3 - 2012-12-02 22:29

    Mayb he wil deliver. Bt 2 me he is equaly useless.

  • tshepo.mohale.148 - 2012-12-02 23:22

    Pitso won't survive @ downs!he's stubborn and has his favourites.The downs boys are full of them selves.

  • thabo.ramukhidzi - 2012-12-02 23:57

    If Pitso wins with the squad that johan used then the problem was with player

  • jim.mohlaba - 2012-12-03 01:45

    That's what we have been waiting 4 a long time

  • jim.mohlaba - 2012-12-03 01:55

    Hamba kahle that's mean byebye.I dont know what' bye ur in ur lingo.

  • siphiwo.gqotolo - 2012-12-03 03:19

    pitso will take sundowns to top 8 this season.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-12-03 05:52

    I am happy that Sundowns have appointed a local coach but I am not whether Pitso can win the league(next season) He only won cup games with Supersport

  • mthokozisi.mdluli.58 - 2012-12-03 06:15

    ey i dnt have much 2 say bt sundowns shud hav atleast given trott moloto,paul dolezer or mushin ertugral 2 take ova...dis guys hav been gud coaches in their previous clubs

  • mafikan - 2012-12-03 06:45

    Change is either good or bad. Let us wait snd see.

  • mafikan - 2012-12-03 06:49

    Im fine with the immediate relief of Neekens. As for the new coach: the best we can do, without being judgemental, is to throw our weight behind him

  • robert.lukhwareni - 2012-12-03 06:51

    The problem is Trot and Mabena not the player ,they must leave the club.

  • wolfgang.pkat - 2012-12-03 06:52

    Motsepe is losing it.. For a billionaire this appointment is quite STUPID Did he even look at pitso's track records? This guy must just focus more on running mines he got from affirmative actions and BEE deals.

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  • meneer.mabunda - 2012-12-03 07:53

    atmost,bye bye nes!

  • Joe Motlokwa - 2012-12-03 09:23

    i wonder if he can try to bring miracle as he also speak to much

  • Joe Motlokwa - 2012-12-03 09:24

    wish him luck

  • Katlego Matji - 2012-12-03 09:28

    Wishing Pitso all the best, they have a chance

  • mojalefa.mokowa - 2012-12-03 09:51

    its about tym

  • buwaz - 2012-12-03 10:28

    Long overdue for Neeskens,as for pitso appointment I just have to accept it,bt I also think Krol can b brought in as advisor, bt anyway gud luck pitso

  • juliette.petunia - 2012-12-03 11:11


      mihlam - 2012-12-03 12:08

      U r an idiot miss Julia hw cn u b so xenophobic in sports,I guess u r clueless wen it comes to trends in sport.

  • Ngxowa Mgcina C'yabonga - 2012-12-03 11:33

    finally mpela iz gonna get game tym bkoz dadyz iz home!

  • mphelamelford.teffo - 2012-12-03 11:41

    whts de dffrnt,krol deserve des offer we knw de weak points of pitso

  • nhlapop - 2012-12-03 12:06

    That was long overdue. but i doubt if Pitso will re-store the image of Sundowns.

  • malefo.timothy - 2012-12-03 13:18

    Marikana fc wil b relegated come end of de league, wat a shame, pitso is a stooge 2

  • chris.phago - 2012-12-03 17:27

    I think Pitso will make it @ Dawncos the sky is no longer the limit.S 4 sundawns supporters they need to give him chance to assess the team b4 they fired him like other coaches

  • jrsifiso - 2012-12-04 06:09

    Pitso is a good coach I use to lyk him bt his oversize ego

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