Mosimane replaces Neeskens as coach of Mamelodi Sundowns

Pitso Mosimane

Former Dutch World Cup star Johan Neeskens has been sacked by big-spending South African club Mamelodi Sundowns.

The club have said he will be replaced by former South Africa coach Pitso Mosimane.

Sundowns have struggled all season despite having the most expensive squad in the league.

They have won just two games in the league this season and are second from bottom after 12 matches.

The final straw came as Neeskens' team lost 1-0 to Bloemfontein Celtic in Saturday's League Cup final.

Mosimane was responsible for a blunder that led to the country failing to qualify for the 2012 African Nations Cup finals.

He misunderstood the permutations on the final day of the campaign and ordered the team to play for a draw in their final qualifier against Sierra Leone, when they needed a win.

He lost his job in June after Bafana Bafana's poor start to the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Neeskens played at the 1974 and 1978 World Cups, scoring a penalty in the 1974 final when the Dutch were beaten 2-1 by hosts West Germany.