CELEB WATCH Pitso loses his cool

Mamelodi Sun­downs coach ex­changes blows with a Kaizer Chiefs of­fi­cial

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Bon­gani Mdakane

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.”

CHISA MPAMA

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

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