Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane,confirmed that he is leaving the Brazilians after he accepted an offer from Egyptian giants, Al Ahly.
The 56-year-old coach also confirms that he is leaving the club with the permission of his mentor, friend, confidant and owner Patrice Motsepe.
Mosimane leaves the club after almost eight years, and as the most successful South African coach after winning fifth Premier Soccer League titles.
“After winning five league titles with Mamelodi Sundowns – the 10th for the club – how can a man ever find it easy to say goodbye to his home? How can I say goodbye to the family, the board, the supporters and the fans?” he said.
“From the deepest of my heart, I am so grateful that the President has blessed my move. I did not expect less from a man who has been so good and generous to me. He is the kind of leader any family, company, team and indeed any country needs. I have been privileged to drink from his well of wisdom,” he added.
In a farewell statement, Motsepe said “Pitso Mosimane and his agent Moira Tlhagale, who is also his wife, came to brief me on the discussions between Pitso Mosimane and a top Egyptian club. Sundowns has been aware of the ongoing discussions between Pitso Mosimane and the Egyptian club and with other North African clubs.
I have on several occasions over the past few years expressed my support for Pitso Mosimane leaving Sundowns to coach in North Africa or Europe or Bafana Bafana. Football players and coaches have at times an uncertain and inconsistent future and must pursue new opportunities where they may grow and receive greater remuneration.”