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Mosimane slams English Premier League for lack of black head coaches

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Mosimane, who has won back-to-back CAF Champions League titles and most recently led Al Ahly to a bronze medal at the Club World Cup, is now set to receive a considerable pay increase once a new deal is formalised with the Egypt club.

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The former Bafana Bafana and Mamelodi Sundowns coach is considered as one of the best coaches to come from Africa, but has interestingly shared his views on why opportunities in the northern hemisphere remain limited.

As quoted by Phakaaathi, he touched on the subject when speaking to the South African Football Journalists Association, having been asked if he thought he could ever get a job in Europe.

“You want to tell me that out of all the black coaches in England, no one can coach?” he said.

“It is unbelievable. Abedi Pele, Tony Yeboah, Dwight Yorke, John Barnes, where are they? You are telling me none of them can coach? We grew up looking at these people as heroes but we have yet to see one, even in the first division.”

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Previously, Mosimane was also outspoken about the fact that Europe is not ready for Africans” when speaking to Johannesburg-based Radio 702.

“Even those who played there, Dwight Yorke, I had a conversation with Dwight Yorke, I mean [a] superstar of Man United, scoring goals for Man United in England. He told me straight, I was with him and was with Owen Hargreaves and all those guys.

“He told me straight ‘Pitso don’t even think about it. If we have scored so many goals for those teams and we (are) not yet managers when we have badges and qualifications, it’s going to be tough to come over here’.

“And you can see this straight, Europe is not ready for Africans. It’s not how much you can do. It’s a little (lack) of trust and all that, but we are okay.”

Mosimane welcomes responsibility of high-pressure role

Recently, Mosimane also revealed that the freedom offered to him as coach at Al Ahly was very different to the experiences back in South Africa as coach.

“When you are the head coach of Al Ahly, Captain Bibo knights you, he says: ‘You are the boss.’ And this means you are not the boss of the team sheet or the training session – you are the boss of the club.

“Back home, you know, sometimes you are not even the boss of the team sheet because you get told who to substitute, you know what I am trying to say?

“With Captain Bibo, he also tells me that ‘nobody speaks after you have spoken – the whole club’. So, it is that level [of responsibility] that you are given, but with humility.”

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