Con­cil­ia­tory Jin­gles shows more ca­ma­raderie

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In the past two sea­sons, Pitso Mosi­mane, coach of Absa Pre­mier­ship cham­pi­ons Sun­downs, has had soc­cer fa­nat­ics glued to their tele­vi­sion screens for post­match in­ter­views. But in the 2015/16 soc­cer cal­en­der year, his words have taken on a new-found ma­tu­rity, sound­ing as pos­i­tive as his nick­name, Jin­gles.

The Pretoria-based side con­vinc­ingly beat Al­ge­ria’s ES Setif 2-0 in their own back yard last week­end in the CAF Cham­pi­ons League en­counter.

Mosi­mane said he was happy with the re­sults: “We only trained for five days. I must give credit to Ka­belo Ran­goaga [fit­ness trainer] and the play­ers, who re­ally look af­ter them­selves. The play­ers were up to the task.”

Back in the 2013/14 sea­son, when his team beat Plat­inum Stars 3-1 in the Ned­bank Cup, he took all the credit and said: “This one I have earned. I give it to my­self.”

When the Brazil­ians lost 2-0 in the away leg to Ghana­ian op­po­si­tion Medeama SC, Mosi­mane was fu­ri­ous at the ref­eree for poor of­fi­ci­at­ing: “It is ter­ri­ble – two ar­ti­fi­cial set­pieces, the penalty and other free-kick … they had a chance to score in open play, but they couldn’t. Th­ese Al­ge­rian ref­er­ees are un­be­liev­able.”

Fast-for­ward to Fe­bru­ary, when his team lost to Zim­bab­wean out­fit Chicken Inn. Mosi­mane praised the op­po­si­tion, say­ing: “They looked a lot sharper than us.”

Who can for­get the com­ments he made about Kaizer Chiefs’ Wil­lard Kat­sande, when Sun­downs tri­umphed in his (Mosi­mane’s) quest to be­come the first black coach to win the league in 2014?

“If you keep Shabba quiet, you are okay. Kat­sande can have the ball; he is not much of a harm.”

When he won his first league ti­tle, Mosi­mane said: “Peo­ple say it is easy to win with Sun­downs [be­cause of their fi­nan­cial strength], but why couldn’t they win the league for the past seven years with the play­ers they bought and the money put into the team?”

He said this year: “I am happy with my­self be­cause I never com­plained about any ref­eree this sea­son.”

– Sol­ven Sibiya

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