On Sunday morning, International Federation Of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) announced the nominees for this year’s Men’s World’s Best Coach.
South Africans will be proud to know that Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Mangqoba Mnqithi and Al Ahly’s head coach Pitso Mosimane have both made the list.
Mnqithi led the Brazilians to two successive trophies since he took over from Pitso Mosimane in 2019. Under his guidance, the Brazilians maintained an impressive form also in the 2020 CAF Champions League group stages, despite being knocked out in the quarterfinals of the competitions by Al Ahly. Although Mnqithi might not appear as the favorite to win this award, but it is a step in the right direction for him and South African football as as whole.
Pitso Mosimane on the other hand was appointed as head coach of Egyptian giants Al Ahly in September of 2019. He Managed to lead Al Ahly to six successive trophies within a period of a year, including CAF Champions League Trophy.
Mosimane is definitely amongst the favourites to clinch the award, he comes highly rated by his achievements – especially having won a bronze medal with Al Ahly in the 2020 Fifa Club World Cup.
IFFHS Men’s World Best Club coach 2021 nominees:
- Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea)
- Josep Guardiola (Manchester City)
- Mauricio Pochettino (PSG)
- Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)
- Unai Emeri (Villarreal)
- Ole Gunnar Solskjær (Manchester United)
- Hans-Dieter Flick (Bayern)
- Julian Nagelsmann (Leipzig)
- Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid)
- Antonio Conte (Internazionale)
- Christophe Galtier (Lille)
- Yuriy Vernydub (Sheriff)
- Renato Gaúcho (Flamengo)
- Abel Ferreira ( Palmeiras)
- Alexi Stival “Cuca” ( Atlético Mineiro)
- Pitso Mosimane (Al Ahly SC team)
- Manqoba Mngqithi (Mamelodi Sundowns)
- Moeni Chaabani (Esp Tunis)
- Jim Curtin (Philadelphia Union)
- Santiago Solari (CF America team)
- Javier Aguirre (CF Monterrey)
- Juan Reynoso (Cruz Azul team)
- Leonardo Jardim (Al Hilal FC)
- Gi dong Kim (Pohang Steelers)