Mosimane challenges Kaizer Chiefs & Orlando Pirates to emulate Mamelodi Sundowns

Celebrated South African coach Pitso Mosimane believes clubs in the Premier Soccer League should consider making money outside the sponsorship deals to stand a chance of developing and hitting greater heights.

In what was seen as a silent message to the likes of Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, the 59-year-old argued there are many opportunities that should be exploited by clubs in Mzansi which will give them an edge when it comes to making their budgets.

In 2025, 32 clubs from all over the world will be in the United States to take part in the expanded Fifa Club World Cup. Africa will be represented by four clubs, among them Mamelodi Sundowns, with each getting R1 billion for their achievement.

Tapelo-Xoki-Orlando-Pirates

Mosimane message to PSL teams – Can they see this?

Apart from the aforementioned prize, Sundowns bagged more than R120 million after winning the African Football League, and the Premier Soccer League taking part in the Carling Knockout as well as reaching the Nedbank Cup and the MTN8 finals.

Mosimane believes that is the way to go for other teams in Mzansi, “This [expanded Fifa Club World Cup] has opened up a lot,” the 59-year-old told SABC Sport.

“This thing of going to the World Cup, with FIFA creating a little bit more of an incentive for clubs – Esperance, Wydad, Al Ahly, and Mamelodi Sundowns, of course, so they now have budgets.

“Teams receive R1 billion, so they can plan how they do things and all that. This is what I'm saying – our South African teams, can they see this thing? You know what I'm trying to say. So, we can't all just rely on sponsors to generate revenues. 

“The dollars are there, so you can earn them as a club – unlike waiting to fill the stadium, or waiting for the prize money to do all these things,” Mosimane concluded.

Rhulani Mokwena, Mamelodi Sundowns

What Downs are chasing next season as opposed to Chiefs and Pirates

All three teams will be in the race to challenge for domestic competitions in the 2024/25 campaign.

Both Downs and Orlando Pirates will be aiming at making a statement in the Caf Champions League. Masandawana reached the last four in the 2023/24 season and will be aiming at going all the way in the forthcoming campaign.

The duo might also play in the African Football League which might be expanded after eight teams took part in the initial one.

For Amakhosi, it is about re-building and might not stage a serious challenge in all competitions. However, they should at least win one of the domestic Cups to appease their fans.

Mosimane challenges Kaizer Chiefs & Orlando Pirates to emulate Mamelodi Sundowns
Willis Sob

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