Former Bafana Bafana of South Africa and Al Ahly manager, Pitso Mosimane, has expressed his desire to coach the Super Eagles highlighting his admiration for the national team.
Mosimane, the 59-year-old tactician served as the caretaker coach of the South African national team for seven games in 2007 and also served as an assistant coach during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
On 15 July 2010, Mosimane was named as the new head coach of South Africa and was handed a four-year contract.
In a recent interview with the South African Football Journalists Association (SAFJA), the former Al Ahly manager praised Nigeria and indicated his aspiration to lead a team to the expanded 48-team 2026 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, Canada and the US.
Amid speculations surrounding the future of Super Eagles head coach Jose Peseiro, Mosimane expressed excitement about the prospect of coaching the Super Eagles which is blessed with talented and world-class players.
“To be honest, I would like to coach in the World Cup. I do not choose what comes, I would like to go to the World Cup,” Mosimane said.
“If you have Chukwueze and the boy playing for Napoli as your striker, I mean really. That Nigerian team is unbelievable.”
Speaking on Nigeria’s performances in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, Mosimane expressed concern about potential interference affecting the team’s dynamics.
“I saw the draw against Lesotho and Zimbabwe. Okay, it’s football, it happens. But how can politics between the government and the federation derail the team?” he questioned.
Speaking on Nigeria ‘s match against South Africa, in the next World Cup qualifiers, Mosimane expressed his desire for a victory for his country, but acknowledged Nigeria’s strength.
“Of course, I want South Africa to win because I am South African. But in reality, I think Nigeria has the team,” he added.