Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane has labelled the ‘La Decima’ – Absa Premiership triumph as ‘the biggest heist ever’ and also revealed that some people at Chloorkop didn’t believe in his abilities.
Mosimane led Sundowns to a record 10th league title and third in a row on Saturday following a 3-0 thumping of Black Leopards at Dobsonville Stadium.
“The boys came from behind to steal it at the end, I think is a smash and grab, I call it a heist, the biggest heist ever,” said Mosimane.
Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs, who looked to finally break their trophy drought suffered a heartbreak after leading the race for the entire season, 28 rounds of fixtures, only for ‘The Brazilians’ to snatch the title from their grips on the final day.
“But when you go with Mamelodi Sundowns toe to toe, you have to be sure of your endurance, we went toe to toe with Chiefs and Stuart Baxter. In three years’ time, we won it twice. We went toe to toe with coach Gavin Hunt, one of the best coaches ever for two years, he won it once and I brought it back.
“We went toe to toe with Micho [Milutin Sredojević] for two years, I kept it, I never gave it to them. And then Chiefs came back again in the scene and we refused that the trophy must come out of the cabinet at Chloorkop,” added Mosimane, who is now the most successful coach with five league titles.
As they say, the league title race is a marathon and according to Mosimane, durability eventually led to Sundowns success.
“So we have endurance and we can go long, you must have endurance and sustain it because we don’t get tired, we go to Morocco, Cairo, Nedbank Cup final, Telkom Cup final, Semifinals of the CAF Champions League [quarterfinals], MTN8 Semifinals and we don’t complain about heavy legs,” he said.
“Yes, we do have injuries and played on the worst pitch in the PSL Bubble, but we managed because the boys have the experience, the Champions League mentality. I must thank everybody who has contributed to this.
“This one was a sweet trophy for me because there were a lot of doubters even internal at Sundowns, a lot of people not sure, doubting but the trophy is here,” concluded Mosimane.
The Tshwane giants are chasing their first-ever treble after clinching the Telkom Knockout and Premiership title as they take on Bloemfontein Celtic in the final of the Nedbank Cup on Saturday
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