The agency representing Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has slammed Mamelodi Sundowns following the unsavoury scenes outside the stadium before the Caf Champions League semifinal second leg on Saturday.
Former Masandawana mentor Mosimane and his team was given a hostile reception by a group of Sundowns fans as the Egyptian side were making their way into the Lucas Moripe stadium.
Fans held placards with insults directed at Mosimane and his family despite a trophy-laden spell when coaching the current DStv Premiership champions for close to eight years.
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Whoever was behind this, should be very embarrassed with himself/herself.— Velile Mnyandu 🇿🇦 (@Velile_Mnyandu) May 22, 2021
How ungrateful can these Sundowns fans can be? I mean, this is the same person who won you 13 trophies 🏆 in 7.5 years and you insult him like this. 🤷🏿♂️ pic.twitter.com/Gajd5iHN3R
Sundowns did issue a statement apologising to Al Ahly but MT Sports Marketing and Management, who represent Mosimane, have now hit back saying the apology was good enough.
Issuing their own statement, the agency wrote: “MT Sports Marketing and Management would like to state that the incident on Saturday, the 22nd May 2021, although deeply disturbing, is not an isolated one.
“For years, including the time that Coach Pitso Mosimane was Head Coach at Mamelodi Sundowns, there were many known examples of disruption and efforts to usurp his position within the club.
“The events of Saturday, 22nd May 2021 where sections of the club’s supporters hurled abuse at Coach Pitso and his mother, are confirmation of the grudge that some in the club continue to hold against him even after leaving the club.
“As MT Sports Marketing and Management, our stance is that we will not allow for such callous bullying of our client.
“To this effect, as the Management Compay of Coach Pitso, we are disappointed that Mamelodi Sundowns FC has not apologised to him personally but issued a general statement apologising to Al Ahly ‘and those associated with the team’.
“This is not good enough. The insults were directed at Coach Pitso in his personal capacity and to his mother.”