JOHANNESBURG – Pitso Mosimane says the buck stops with him at Mamelodi Sundowns.
The coach was reacting to rumours that Oupa Manyisa’s recent transfer from Orlando Pirates to the Brazilians involved only the chairmen from both clubs – Bucs boss Irvin Khoza and his Sundowns counterpart Patrice Motsepe – and that Mosimane had not been involved or informed about a player that would go in the opposite direction for the deal to be finalised.
Manyisa came on as a late second-half substitute to make his Sundowns debut in the 1-0 defeat to Maritzburg United in the MTN8 quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon, which confirmed once and for all that, he had indeed made the switch despite not being officially announced by the club prior.
But there is yet to be a Sundowns player – reported to be versatile player Mzikayise Mashaba – who has moved to Pirates, despite Khoza categorically stating two weeks ago that there would be.
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“I will wait for the club to say which player is leaving. But what you have seen here today stays here,” Mosimane, referring to his starting line-up and players on the bench, said after the match.
Mashaba was not in the 18-man playing squad. “Unless you guys (journalists) know better. This is football, sometimes today you say this, and tomorrow there’s something else.
“But here at Sundowns, nothing happens without me knowing. They respect me and have confidence in me. If there is something going on, I know.
“When Manyisa comes, I am the one that says ‘sign Manyisa’. There is nobody somewhere saying Manyisa must come.
“I am in charge. I put together the team sheet and I make the substitutions. I am the head coach. That you must know. So you can relax and go have a coffee.”
Asked why Manyisa, 29, was not officially announced by the club, as is the norm, before making his debut, Mosimane said what was more important was that the player had finally been registered.
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“Do you want an announcement or do you want the man playing? Okay, we will announce on Monday. Do you worry about who is announced or who is playing?
“I understand your part as a journalist, but I am the coach, the tactician. You want to punch holes and find the juicy stories. I accept and understand. But I only care about who is playing.”