Only 10 coaches have tasted the sweet success of lifting the Premier Soccer League since it was rebranded in 1996. Otherwise, four master coaches have dominated Mzansi.
Ted Dumitru, Gordon Igesund, Gavin Hunt, and Pitso Mosimane are the masters of winning the league in South African football. The quadruple have an extraordinary 17 titles between.
Additionally, each man had won four titles before Mosimane stepped into a new ground level and iconic status. A black coach from the dusty streets of Kagiso in Gauteng, known as "Jingles" became the first coach to lift five league titles in the land.
The legendary Gordon Igesund was the first to claim gold with a modest Manning Rangers squad in 1996/97. The Romanian great, Ted Dumitru, took over the history books with four titles with Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs respectively.
Dumitru’s era later made way for a certain Gavin Hunt and later Pitso Mosimane.
Without further ado, here is the log table of PSL coaches...
Pitso Mosimane - Five titles
- 2019/20 (all Mamelodi Sundowns).
Gavin Hunt: Four titles
- 2007/8 SuperSport United
- 2008/9 SuperSport
- 2009/10 SuperSport
- 2016/17 Bidvest Wits
Gordon Igesund: Four titles
- 1996/7 Manning Rangers
- 2000/1 Orlando Pirates
- 2001/2 Santos
- 2006/7 Mamelodi Sundowns
Ted Dumitru: Four titles
- 1997/8 - Sundowns
- 1998/9 - Sundowns
- 2003/4 - Chiefs
- 2004/5 - Chiefs
Meanwhile back to the present day, Sundowns, who are starting to become South Africa's Bayern Munich lately, are looking good to lift a remarkable fifth straight league title.
The Tshwane giants are yet to taste defeat this season after nine games and lead the pack with five points and a game in hand.