Ambitious coach Pitso Mosimane has said he would ‘love’ to add Africa Cup of Nations and FIFA Club World trophies to the plethora he has won so far in his career.
The South African is one of the successful managers on the continent.
After excelling in his home country, Mosimane is now dominating Africa with Egyptian powerhouse Al Ahly.
Barely two years into the big job, Mosimane has won an impressive five trophies including two CAF Champions League titles.
Recently, his achievements were highlighted as Ahly attempted to make history in Abu Dhabi by becoming the first African side to win Club World Cup.
However, with a depleted squad, because key players were involved in Egypt’s run to the Afcon final, Ahly placed third for the second successive time under the guidance of Pitso.
But speaking with Ghanaian sports journalists Yaw Ofosu Larbi and Owuraku Ampofo, Mosimane said he wants to change the Club World Cup medals he has won to gold and then return to international football with the aim of winning the Afcon, joining the list of African coaches to lift the trophy.
“To win the Cup of Nations, it is something that [the late] Stephen Keshi has won, Aliou Cisse has done, something the Algerian coach has won, and probably that is one of the things as Africans we would love to win. But also you cannot be ungrateful that no coach on the continent has won the trophies that I have won, Champions League, Super Cup and being bronze medallist in the Club World Cup two times. I should also be grateful to God for giving me the other side,” Mosimane said.
“I will really really like to change the colour of the medal in the [Club] World Cup for my continent and will also love to win the Cup of Nations for the team I would be coaching. Be it South Africa or whichever country it might be. That will be nice,” he added.
Before arriving in Egypt, Pitso won CAF Champions League with Mamelodi Sundowns, where he spent eight years.
Since he made his coaching debut in 2001, the 57-year-old has won 18 trophies.