Pitso Mosimane slams those who doubted him as Sundowns celebrate 10th title win
Coach has a message for those who say Sundowns can buy their way to a title
Mamelodi Sundowns celebrated a 10th league title on Saturday, but coach Pitso Mosimane had other things on his mind as he launched a scathing attack on his detractors‚ some closer to home at Chloorkop.
Mosimane claimed his fifth Premiership title since assuming the job in December 2012 and became the most successful coach in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) era‚ surging past Ted Dumitru‚ Gordon Igesund and Gavin Hunt, who have each won the league four times.
As Sundowns celebrated the unprecedented La Decima and their third successive championship title after beating Black Leopards 3-0 at Dobsonville Stadium‚ the outspoken mentor took time to get a few things off his chest.
“This is a sweet trophy because there were a lot of doubters‚ even internally‚ but the trophy is here. At the end of the day‚ the trophy is here‚” Mosimane said.
The Brazilians won the league after getting the job done against Leopards‚ and with rivals Kaizer Chiefs only managing a 1-1 draw with Baroka FC on the same day.
“Sometimes when we win they say ‘but he can buy any player he can get’. But didn’t Johan Neeskens buy any player he wanted‚ didn’t Hristo Stoichkov buy any player he wanted‚ didn’t Gordon Igesund buy?
“Am I the first coach to buy players? All these coaches who were here at Sundowns bought players and they bought more than me. I bought only Mauricio Affonso and Sammy Seabi and they are out injured.
“It has been sweet‚ it has been nice and it’s a good one‚ this is just to teach [everyone] because I have Lebohang Maboe, who only scored three goals for me this year.
“I battled with Keletso Makgalwa and Ali Meza but I made a plan and do what I have to do. People say Sundowns can buy any player they can get but I only bought Mauricio, who helped us to win the Telkom Knockout.
“You could see that we needed him in the bubble and Sammy [Seabi]‚ but the rest of the players have been around.
“Look at who other teams have bought; they have imported everything. Let’s be honest and give credit to Mamelodi Sundowns because Mamelodi Sundowns is a team that has won the trophy against all odds. We have Denis Onyango and everybody injured in the bubble because of the heavy schedule.
“We have been to Cairo and Morocco while other people were playing Saturday to Saturday. We stole it and the first time we won it‚ it was here in Dobsonville. We were 11 points behind Kaizer Chiefs‚ no we were 13 points behind.”
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