Mosimane, who has led his side to domestic and continental glory, has been touted for a second coming to Bafana Bafana. This after Mashaba found himself in hot water with Safa for comments in the aftermath of his team’s 2-1 win over Senegal in their World Cup qualifier in Polokwane two weeks ago.
Being at the helm of the national team won’t be entering uncharted waters for Mosimane. He served under Brazilian mentor Carlos Alberto Parreira during South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup and took over the reins thereafter. He was given the boot two years later after failing to secure South Africa’s qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Mosimane sidestepped the issue of a return to Bafana with Mashaba still under suspension and preferred to talk about his ambition of wanting to lead Sundowns to becoming the first team to win ten PSL titles.
“Once a Bafana, always a Bafana. But Bafana has a coach,” Mosimane said on Wednesday night after watching his team cruise to a 3-0 win against Golden Arrows.
“Sundowns has seven titles, Sundowns need 10. That is important because we will be the first team to achieve that, we are on seven and three to go, so we must force this season to go to eight. Bafana not now.”
And there's also the challenge to defend their Champions League title next year, a feat that will, if achieved, will see them add a second star to their jersey.
While Mosimane is apparently yet to put pen to paper on his new contract with Sundowns, his ambition to further entrench himself as the most successful coach in South African footballing history is what is likely to keep him at Chloorkop for another two seasons or so.
There is also the small matter of Sundowns imminent maiden appearance at the Fifa Club World Cup next month in Japan.
Mosimane’s declaration of wanting a second star and making an impression at the Club World Cup will be a priority for the decorated mentor before he casts his eyes on a return to the national team.
If it is to be that Mosimane again ascends to one of the most sort after and well-paying jobs on the African continent, then it will be after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Having secured back-to-back wins against Kaizer Chiefs and Golden Arrows in the league, Mosimane will be looking at his team gaining more ground in the domestic league when they host Highlands Park at Loftus on Sunday.
Sundowns, though, will go into the fixture without the services of star forwards Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly, who are struggling with fatigue- induced injuries, while Leonardo Castro and Mzikayise Mashaba are likely to be handed starting roles to fast track their return to match fitness after injury lay-offs.
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