Motsepe summons Pitso for talks

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Pitso_escort Gallo Images Police escort Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane out of the stadium after their defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic.

Pretoria – Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe on Sunday summoned coach Pitso Mosimane and several other club staffers to what appears to be a crisis meeting at the club offices in Chloorkop.

This comes after the struggling Brazilians lost 1-0 to Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday at the Pilditch Stadium.

The club was guaranteed another trophyless season when they lost 2-1 to Platinum Stars some two weeks ago in the Nedbank Cup.

It’s looking less likely by the day that the team will finish in the top eight on the PSL table. They are in 11th position with four games to go.

The meeting comes a week after the billionaire boss said he was “very unhappy” with the team’s poor form.

“We need to review, reassess. It happens to good teams and great teams in the world.

“You go through periods of difficulty. I remain confident that Sundowns will do well in the coming years,” Motsepe said.

Club spokesman Kabelo Mosito said there was nothing untoward about the meeting and insisted that the coach did not attend it.

“It was a meeting between the president (Motsepe) and management. It’s normal.

“It’s something that you find in any organisation. There is nothing special about it.

“The meeting was planned for, way before the weekend match. It was going ahead regardless of the result,” he said.

However, the Pretoria News has it on good authority that Motsepe did indeed meet with the coach and other members of staff.

Mosimane seems to have lost the faith of Sundowns supporters, with some fans demanding an explanation for the team’s woes.

The former Bafana Bafana coach had to be escorted out of the stadium by police officers after the match at the weekend.

This was perhaps in fear of a supporters’ revolt after a group of disgruntled fans waited for him outside Loftus Versfeld near the team bus when they were knocked out of the Nedbank tournament.

Since taking over the reins in December from Johan Neeskens, the team have played 14 matches, won four, lost three and drew the rest. – Pretotia News



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