Champions League winning coach rues busy schedule but hails his troops

Champions League winning coach rues busy schedule but hails his troops
Pitso Mosimane

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday May 29, 2017. 17:30

Despite losing their South African Absa Premiership title to Bidvest Wits, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says his charges have worked hard in their 2016/17 campaign.

Mosimane led his men to a 2-2 draw in their final league match on Saturday against Highlands Park, but the 2016 CAF African Coach of the Year remains proud of his men.

The Brazilians were dethroned by Wits as they settle for a second spot in the league and will now hope to defend their CAF African Champions League title.

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"I have to congratulate the boys for their positive attitude,” Mosimane said after the match.

“They put their bodies on the line. Secondly, it is to congratulate the Yellow Nation that always sings. They threw the vuvuzela away.

"The worst part was playing four games in six days, the time we played Chippa United and went to Cape Town City.

"The 2016/17 season was fantastic for us and I will tell you why. We won the grand slams (CAF) Champions League and Super Cup. Okay, we lost to Wits in the MTN8 and the title - congratulations to Wits.

"You can't compare. We are playing on Friday (in the Champions League) and where are people? Resting.

"Last year where were they? Resting. People were playing golf and taking selfies on the beach."

Sundowns will now turn their focus to their continental assignments against Tunisian side, Esperance on Friday, 02 June as they hope to bag the full three points.




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