CELEB WATCH Pitso loses his cool
Mamelodi Sundowns coach exchanges blows with a Kaizer Chiefs official
THERE was drama at the FNB Stadium recently after Mamelodi Sundowns lost 2-1 to Kaizer Chiefs. But this time the drama was not caused by the spectators, but by Sundowns coach, Pitso Mosimane, who was recently named the African Coach of the Year, and a Chiefs security official.
PITSO FELL LIKE A BAG OF POTATOES
According to an eyewitness, the drama started after the final whistle as Pitso was about to walk up to Chiefs coach, Steve Kompela, to congratulate him on his team's victory.
“At that moment, a Chiefs security official ran towards Chiefs goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune, but he ran through the Sundowns bench and collided with Pitso and other Sundowns players and they fell to the ground,” says our source.
“The impact of the collision by the official caused Pitso and the others to fall like a bag of potatoes. Pitso then stood up and went to congratulate Steve. We thought the incident was over, but Pitso felt that the guy had disrespected him and his team.”
Another witness claims that after Pitso embraced Steve, he turned back to the bench and upon seeing the security official, he went mad.
“Pitso approached the man and wagged his finger at him. There was then a scuffle and fists and klaps flew. The security official caused unnecessary chaos arguing with Pitso, even though he knew that he was wrong. He started hurling insults at Pitso and that’s when all hell broke loose. Pitso charged at him and gave him a warm klap. The security official felt threatened and ran for his dear life,” says the eyewitness.
Apparently while Pitso was chasing after the official, he came across Steve, who tried to restrain him, but Pitso just pushed him. Our source adds that even Sundowns assistant coach, Manqoba Mngqithi, tried to calm Pitso down, but he was so angry no one could calm him down.
COMPLAINT TO BE LODGED
Move! understands that Sundowns will approach the PSL to lodge a complaint against the Chiefs official as it is understood that this is not the first time he has behaved like this.
“That guy likes to provoke opponents. Sundowns is going to lodge a complaint against him as he must be stopped from his nonsensical provocations,” says a Sundowns official, who did not wish to be named.
During a media briefing, Steve apologised to Pitso for the incident and promised that Chiefs would deal with the matter.
Chiefs spokesperson, Vina Maphosa, says he is still waiting for a report from the match commissioner.
“At the moment nothing has been brought to my attention on what transpired,” he says.
Sundowns spokesperson, Thulani Thuswa, asked Move! to send him questions but failed to answer them at the time of going to print, while Pitso's phone rang unanswered.
Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Pitso Mosimane, was at the centre of an altercation with a Kaizer Chiefs official