Mul­tiChoice, SABC bosses grum­bling be­cause com­men­ta­tor has black­listed man of the mo­ment

Sunday World - - Front Page - MOSA MOKHEMA mokhe­mam@times­me­

SPORTS pre­sen­ter Robert Marawa might have to eat hum­ble pie and mend bridges with long-time neme­sis Pitso Mosi­mane.

This fol­lows Mamelodi Sun­downs ’ league vic­tory on Tues­day led by Mosi­mane, and the pub­lic de­mand­ing that Marawa in­ter­view the coach.

Marawa and Mosi­mane’s beef started when the for­mer Su­pers­port United coach was ap­pointed to coach Bafana Bafana in July 2010.

When Mosi­mane took the reins, Marawa ’ s sis­ter, Gugu, re­signed as Bafana team man­ager, cit­ing the coach as a rea­son for her de­par­ture.

Marawa, who hosts 083 Sports@6 on Metro FM and sev­eral shows on Mul­tiChoice ’ s Su­perS­port chan­nels, then black­listed Mosi­mane from all his shows.

But Mosi­mane’s ground­break­ing feat of be­com­ing the first black South African coach to win the Absa Pre­mier­ship since the in­cep­tion of the PSL in 1996 has re­sulted in Marawa ’ s em­ploy­ers at the SABC and Mul­tiChoice grum­bling about not hav­ing the man of the mo­ment on their soc­cer shows.

The two have been beef­ing for the past four years. But Marawa took it up a notch when he went on a tirade diss­ing Mosi­mane’s abil­i­ties as the na­tional coach.

An an­gry Mosi­mane hit back at a Bafana press con­fer­ence. He let rip about his un­flat­ter­ing opin­ion of Marawa ’ s show.

Point­ing fin­gers

When con­tacted for com­ment, Mosi­mane re­ferred ques­tions to the club.

Sun­downs spokesman Thu­lani Thuswa con­firmed on Fri­day that none of Marawa’s shows have re­quested in­ter­views with Mosi­mane.

“We are sit­ting with over 30 re­quests from dif­fer­ent me­dia that are ask­ing for Pitso to ap­pear on their shows, but not one of them are from any of Robert’s shows.

“But Sun­downs has not had bad re­la­tions with his Su­perS­port show Thurs­day Night Live with Robert Marawa be­cause our play­ers ap­pear there fre­quently,” he said.

Thuswa added that even though Mosi­mane has not ap­peared on Marawa ’ s soc­cer shows since he joined the Pre­to­ria out­fit, he has been in­ter­viewed by Marawa many times af­ter matches.

But post-match in­ter­views are manda­tory as per PSL rules, so the two have had to grin and bear it for the cam­eras.

Marawa de­nied that there is bad blood be­tween him and Mosi­mane.

“Don’t be­lieve the fairy­tales, there is noth­ing to these ideas about me not want­ing Pitso on our show. The man has been in­vited a lot of times on our shows.

“Don’t for­get that I’m just the an­chor of the shows, I don’t con­trol ev­ery­thing on the shows,” he said.

Clin­ton van der Berg, Su­perS­port’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, said they had an “ex­cel­lent ” re­la­tion­ship with Mosi­mane.

“More­over, Marawa is very happy to have him on any of his shows. An in­vi­ta­tion has been ex­tended and Su­perS­port is await­ing a re­sponse from Sun­downs,” he said.

Con­nie Mot­shumi of the PSL de­nied claims that they re­ceived com­plaints from the SABC and Su­perS­port about Mosi­mane’s noshow on Marawa’s plat­forms.

“As much as he has been suc­cess­ful lately, we have not fo­cused on Pitso alone.”

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