MARAWA S BEEF WITH PITSO BACKFIRES
MultiChoice, SABC bosses grumbling because commentator has blacklisted man of the moment
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.
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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