Sun­downs still shine bright

Kick Off - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - By Moeti Molelekoa, Welkom

It’s not an easy task for a pro­fes­sional out­fit to lose four high pro­file play­ers and con­tinue with their form as if noth­ing had hap­pened, and fol­low­ing the loss of Tefu Mashamaite, Reneilwe Let­sholonyane, Kingston Nkhatha and Mandla Masango, Kaizer Chiefs were never the same.

They had just won Absa Pre­mier­ship un­der the guid­ance of coach Stu­art Bax­ter in 2015, but Chiefs have not won a tro­phy since. Con­trast that with Mamelodi Sun­downs, lost five of their most high-pro­file play­ers in the trio known as CBD, Leonardo Cas­tro, Khama Bil­liat and Keagan Dolly, as well as Percy Tau and Bon­gani Zungu.

Still they have man­aged to win cham­pi­onships and stay at the top of the lo­cal game. Un­der the guid­ance of award-winning coach Pitso Mosi­mane, the Brazil­ians con­tinue to win tro­phy after tro­phy with a new com­bi­na­tion of play­ers.

Mosi­mane churned out these new re­cruits and they are a marvel to watch to­day. De­spite winning do­mes­tic glory, Mosi­mane is still hun­gry for CAF Cham­pi­ons League tro­phy he won in 2016.

It was wise of pres­i­dent Pa­trice Mot­sepe to ex­tend the coach’s con­tract for a fur­ther four years. Mosi­mane will be 59 years old of age in 2024 and with Mot­sepe want­ing him to be­come his own ‘Sir Alex Fer­gu­son’, the coach they call ‘Jin­gles’ can con­tinue to break more records.

Be­fore the ar­rival of Mosi­mane, Mot­sepe used to im­port Euro­pean coaches with im­pres­sive CVs and big rep­u­ta­tions, but who de­liv­ered lit­tle.

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