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Mosimane feels respect from Downs

Pitso Mosimane says he has laboured for seven-and-a-half years to deserve a salary that European coaches claim simply by pitching up.

The Mamelodi Sundowns coach signed a new deal with the Brazilians last week, as announced by club owner Patrice Motsepe, that ensured he became one of the highest paid coaches on the African continent.

With his previous contract set to expire, Mosimane penned a new four-year deal, and explained why he felt his salary was justified, based on his success and loyalty to the club over the years.

As reported by KickOff, Mosimane said: "I have been respected on the contract and I am not complaining.

"I think the compensation also has been the level of a coach on the continent. I feel good, but you must know I have worked for it for seven-and-a-half years. I have laboured.

"You know, you get European coaches getting bigger amounts just by pitching up because he is from Europe when he didn't even work for it.

"You know what I am trying to say. I have earned it."

Mosimane had also revealed just what it meant to him to renew his deal, adding: "I'm honoured and humbled to be given another opportunity to lead Mamelodi Sundowns.

"One of the main reasons for me to renew my contract with Mamelodi Sundowns is the president's trust and faith in me – he trusted me to lead this team to where it is, and fulfill his wish to build a team to conquer Africa.

"A crucial factor in me signing was also my relationship with the supporters. You stay where you are loved, simple. They [supporters] have made songs, banners, flags and t-shirts for me. It is not easy to have that kind of love, so I am home here – I have built a legacy here."