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Pitso Mosimane and Manqoba Mngqithi nominated for TOP coaching award

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Oct 31, 2021

South African coaches Pitso Mosimane and Manqoba Mngqithi have been nominated for the 2021 International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) Coach of the Year award.

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According to the Goal website, the pair are among 24 coaches who have been shortlisted for the global accolade.

Others included in the list are, among others, Thomas Tuchel, Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone, Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane. 

Pitso Mosimane led Al Ahly to the CAF Champions League title and CAF Super Cup during the 2020/21 season and then guided the Egyptian side to a third-place finish at the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup.

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Meanwhile, Manqoba Mngqithi has also enjoyed tremendous success as a Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach with the Tshwane giants clinching the PSL title last season,.

Mngqithi also helped steer the Brazilians to the 2021 MTN8 title on Saturday. 

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Current Germany head coach Hans-Dieter Flick is the current holder of the IFFHS Coach of the Year award having scooped the accolade as a reward for leading Bayern Munich to the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League title.

Flick has once again been nominated.

The winner of the 2021 award is expected to be announced next month.

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Full list of nominees:

Thomas Tuchel (Germany, Chelsea)
Josep Guardiola (Spain, Manchester City)
Mauricio Pochettino (Argentina, PSG)
Zinedine Zidane (France, Real Madrid)
Unai Emeri (Spain, Villarreal)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Norway, Manchester United)
Hans-Dieter Flick (Germany, Bayern)
Julian Nagelsmann (Germany, Leipzig)
Diego Simeone (Argentina, Atletico Madrid)
Antonio Conte (Italy, Internazionale)
Christophe Galtier (France, Lille)
Yuriy Vernydub (Ukraine, Sheriff)
Renato Gaúcho (Brazil, Flamengo)
Abel Ferreira (Brazil, Palmeiras)
Alexi Stival “Cuca” (Brazil, Atlético Mineiro)
Pitso Mosimane (South Africa/Al Ahly SC team)
Manqoba Mngqithi (South Africa, Mamelodi Sundowns)
Moeni Chaabani (Tunisia, Esp Tunis)
Jim Curtin (USA, Philadelphia Union)
Santiago Solari (Argentina, CF America team)
Javier Aguirre (Mexico, CF Monterrey)
Juan Reynoso (Peru, Cruz Azul team)
Leonardo Jardim (Portugal, Al Hilal FC)
Gi dong Kim (South Korea, Pohang Steelers)

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