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SAFA to come down hard on Pitso's abusers

Insults were hurled at Pitso Mosimane by Mamelodi Sundowns fans

The South Africa Football Association plans to come down hard on Mamelodi Sundowns fans who vocally abused Al Ahly's coach Pitso Mosimane ahead of a CAF Champions League quarterfinal match.

Sundowns fans hurled insults towards Mosimane, who was in the Al Ahly bus, before the match at Lucas Moripe Stadium in the South African capital of Pretoria on Saturday. The second leg quarterfinal clash ended 1-1 as the Egyptian giants progressed to the semi-finals of the competition yet again. Al Ahly won the match 3-1 on aggregate after winning the first leg tie 2-0 in Cairo.

Mosimane won the 2016 Champions League title with Sundowns and won four domestic league titles with the club, before leaving for Al Ahly in 2020.

SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe said the association would get to the bottom of the matter.

‘'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,’’ Motlanthe said in a statement released on the association’s website.

‘’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. We cannot tolerate this; Mosimane is our proud ambassador and what these people did needs to be condemned by all civilized society,’’ concluded Motlanthe.

Mosimane was upset with how he was treated by fans and voiced his displeasure in the post-match press conference.

“I was little bit emotional only when I saw the placards outside and they stop the bus and all these people swearing at me, swearing at my mother," Mosimane said during a post-match interview.

"I said to myself, what else I should have done for this team to get the respect? But it's football, I understand and I know the person who did that. And I know the person who is behind that.

"Just bitter because I left, I had to move on with my life, there's more, I don't want to talk, the things that I've received before my match from South Africa, if I show you my phone, correspondence I've received, emails I've received, they just don't let me go," he revealed.

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