By Thys Khiba
Johannesburg – The South African Football Association (SAFA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), advocate Tebogo Motlanthe has condemned in the strongest terms the abuse directed at Al Ahly Coach Pitso Mosimane by Mamelodi Sundowns supporters.
This is after the CAF Champions League match at the Lucas Moripe stadium between Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly on Saturday, 22 May 2021.
Advocate Motlanthe has indicated that they will get to the bottom of the incident and bring the culprits to book.
“These individuals have not only humiliated Coach Pitso Mosimane, they have brought the name of the country into disrepute and as SAFA we will leave no stone unturned in identifying these individuals and hand out harshest of penalty to the perpetrators,” said Advocate Motlanthe.
Meanwhile, Mamelodi Sundowns were knocked out of the CAF Champions League following a 1-1 draw with Al Ahly at the Lucas Moripe stadium, losing the tie 3-1 on aggregate.
“We have requested for an urgent report from the security and police at the stadium and we will also await report from the club. We are treating this matter with the urgency and seriousness it deserves,” said Advocate Motlanthe.
Motlanthe has also concluded by saying that they cannot tolerate such incidents, and Mosimane remains their proud ambassador. He has called on all civilised society to condemn what Mamelodi Sundowns supporters did to Mosimane.
Meanwhile, the South African Football Coaches Association (SAFCA), has also condemned, what they call, ‘shameful treatment meted out at Al Ahly Coach Mosimane.
“The attack was not just an attack on Mosimane and his club, but it was also an attack on the coaching profession in its entirety and we cannot have a situation where the safety of our esteemed technicians and players is comprised,” said SAFCA President, Greg Mashilo.
Mashilo says that the attack was also an attack on the image of football in the country.
“It is for this reason that we make a call for all those who can be identified to be brought to book and be banned from the game as a matter of urgency. Failure to do so would run the risk of condoning hooliganism in what is known as the beautiful that,” said Mashilo.