Premier Soccer League side Mamelodi Sundowns FC seems to have chosen to believe in the popular saying that "if it's not broken don't fix it".
The 'Brazilians' signed a new contract with coach, Pitso Mosimane, to extend the relationship with four more years. That put to bed speculations that Mosimane might leave the team.
Sundowns president, Patrice Motsepe, announced the deal during a press briefing at the club's headquarters in Chloorkop on Thursday.
Mosimane joined the team in the middle of the 2012/13 season and has become the most decorated coach in South Africa.
“I’m honoured and humbled to be given another opportunity to lead Mamelodi Sundowns,” said Mosimane.
“One of the main reasons for me to renew my contract with Mamelodi Sundowns is the President’s trust and faith in me. He trusted me to lead this team to where it is and fulfill his wish to build a team to conquer Africa. It’s humbling to be part of a brand like Sundowns and contribute to its success, especially as a local coach and also having played for the team," he said.
With this new deal he may just cement his place as the longest serving coach at the club.
“To go on and be the longest serving coach at the club is something special and that means we have a lot of things we have done together and the best is yet to come. The Sky Is The Limit.”
If he can stay until the end of this new contract, Mosimane would have served an unprecedented 12 years at one club. This saw Motsepe comparing him to the legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who spent almost 27 years at Old Trafford.
"I am very happy that the Sundowns board decided to renew the employment contract of our very own Sir Alex Ferguson. He is my Sir Alex. I've always said I want to keep him at Sundowns," Motsepe said at the press conference.
Despite all the success, Mosimane is still hungry for more, and is confident his team can continue on their mission to become an indomitable force across Africa.
“I believe it’s important for a club like Sundowns to constantly challenge for the Absa Premiership and CAF competitions. We need to win the Champions League – and it’s a big thing. No one wins it easily, we are focused on this,” the former Bafana Bafana coach said.76/7
Despite his unmatched success “Jingles” has not won the top 8 trophy.
“I want to achieve success in the MTN 8, which remains the only trophy I have not won with Sundowns. Thhrow it in there with the Champions League where we’ve experienced fixture clashes with the MTN 8 in the past. If you recall, we’ve previously never had a pre-season ahead of the MTN 8 – we are always a week behind.
It will be very interesting to look at this differently, especially with the CAF and PSL schedules now aligned.”