Sundowns risk finishing season without Mosimane

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Mamelodi Sundowns run the risk of finishing the season without a coach if they don’t tie Pitso Mosimane to a new deal and the league runs into July.

Sundowns are yet to announce an agreement with Mosimane despite months of negotiations, with his current contract set to expire on 30 June.

With all football suspended indefinitely and the country about to go into lockdown for at least 21 days until 16 April due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) season could finish in June or even later.

The league was due to finish on 9 May, with the Nedbank Cup final pencilled in as the last fixture of the calendar on 23 May.

That will now certainly be pushed into June, and possibly even further depending on the situation in South Africa at the time, with the government likely to extend the national lockdown beyond 21 days if the Covid-19 threat is not contained and controlled effectively.

‘Jingles’ recently revealed he is only waiting on the club to agree to a few special clauses, believed to be about youth development, and has always insisted the hold-up is not about money.

“I have complied to what Sundowns wanted. I have complied,” he said after his side’s CAF Champions League elimination at the hands of Al Ahly earlier this month. “I am waiting for Sundowns now. You can ask Sundowns. I have complied. The ball is in Sundowns’ court, not in my court. There is no more ‘what is left, what is left’. I am here. I want to be here. I hope I am here.”

Sundowns, who are still in contention for both the Absa Premiership title and Nedbank Cup, will likely aim to conclude negotiations with the 2016 CAF Coach of the Year during the next three weeks while the PSL is suspended.

However, world governing body Fifa is also discussing ways to address the issue of contracts lapsing, as it affects all major leagues, and the PSL will be guided by their decision. It could mean clubs will need to continue paying coaches or players even after their deals have expired.