South African football had it’s ups and downs in 2016 and while Bafana Bafana’s failure to qualify for next month’s African Nations Cup in Gabon left a sour taste in the mouth‚ there was plenty to celebrate and some of the credit should go to the men who sit on the bench. These are our Top Five coaches of 2016: 1. Pitso Mosimane (Mamelodi Sundowns) Mosimane completed a fairytale year when he was placed 10th on the International Federation of Football History and Statistics’ (IFFHS) prestigious list of club coaches a few days ago. Mosimane is in esteemed company as the list is headed by Diego Simeone of Atletico de Madrid (113 points)‚ Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid (108) and Claudio Ranieri of Leicester City (86). The Sundowns coach scored five points in the list voted for by experts from 50 countries‚ placing him above Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger (four)‚ Leonardo Jardim of AS Monaco (three) and Olivier Blanc of Paris Saint-Germain (three). Mosimane was also nominated for Caf’s coach of...

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