Richard Zimunya, Sports Reporter
GETTING inspiration from the well-springs of knowledge is no doubt a prerequisite to success in every field.
It becomes a triumph for all once we acknowledge such trend-setters’ philosophies in their lifetime.
This is evident in sport – especially football – where stats, trophies and influence will always silence doubting Thomases.
African gaffer of the moment Pitso Mosimane, currently at Egyptian giants Al Ahly, instantly comes into mind.
The South African tactician’s fairy tale as a manager of repute continues to inspire other coaches on the continent and even beyond.
Across and North of the Limpopo, Pitso has also caught the attention of local gaffers for his solid personal achievements.
Being the most successful African coach, in as far as the CAF Champions League is concerned, only the insane can ignore this legend.
Pitso’s Ahly beat Kaizer Chiefs in the final last week marking a third trophy for the South African.
He is one trophy behind Manual Jose of Portugal who won it four times, also with the Red Devils.
And coaches on home turf have also showered Pitso with plaudits, pledging to learn one or two things from him.
H-Metro Sport spoke to local coaches who spoke glowingly on Pitso.
“He (Pitso) is a barometer for success for African coaches, hats off to him for taming the African jungle.
“The level he has reached is very difficult to surpass because in Zimbabwe we cannot match those clubs, they can get any player on the coach’s wish list which is key for Champions league,” said Joey Antipas.
CAPS United coach Darlington Dodo said Pitso has motivated him.
“His success is great motivation to me, having a fellow African scaling those heights, he is just untouchable kudos to him for such greatness,” he said.
Dodo believes local coaches can achieve to that height.
“We have had coaches who have competed well in the CHAMPIONS League and if we can prop each other it is very much attainable,” he added.
Highlanders coach Mandla Mpofu said Pitso is now a voice for African coaches.
“I am very much inspired by Pitso, he has shown that they are good coaches in Africa, he is our voice now that speaks big volumes about the talent we have in Africa when it comes to coaching.
“As coaches here we need to be given priority, our own Sunday Chidzambwa lost in the final in 1998 and the first local coach to take us to Afcon finals, what else do you want from a local coach,” said Mpofu.
Triangle coach Taurai Mangwiro said Pitso’s story gives hope and encouragement.
“I am happy for Pitso he is one of us who has done it, it gives us a lot of hope and encouragement that it can be done because it is not like it was rosy for him from the beginning.
“He is one of the highest qualified coaches in the continent, he is an advocate of coach education and this is the reward of upgrading himself,” said Mangwiro.
Black Rhinos’ Herbert Maruwa said local coaches can achieve this given the resources.
“What Pitso did inspires us as local coaches, it is every coach’s dream to coach at high level and achieve like Pitso is doing in Africa
“But I believe as local coaches we can achieve this given a chance, we need exposure as local coaches and we need to be given these opportunities,” he said.
Tenax coach Shadreck Mugurasawe said:
“He inspired every African coach not me alone, every coach would want to reach that level, you would find one of the coaches calling himself Pitso maybe after winning just Chibuku Cup or some few games.”
Genesis Mangombe of Yadah said:
“Pitso has done well I’m proud of him, he has inspired me as an upcoming coach, I also dream to reach those heights,” he said.
ZPC Kariba coach Godfrey Tamirepi said:
“Pitso has extremely done well in his country and outside, it is there for anyone to see his achievements and I really appreciate his success.
“But I believe every coach has his own destiny coupled with quite a number of factors ranging from one’s background, exposure, experience, country of origin, knowledge about the game and financial support for refresher courses,” said Tamirepi.
Johannes Nhumwa, head coach at Manica Diamonds said:
“Pitso has proved critics wrong, his story is so amazing and it really shows how minnows can be heroes actually.
“I believe here in Zimbabwe we can do it as coaches only if resources are available.”