Mosi­mane hails PSL clubs for Downs’ suc­cess

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI sports@city­press.co.za

Newly crowned African coach of the year Pitso Mosi­mane has thanked Premier Soc­cer League (PSL) clubs for keep­ing Mamelodi Sun­downs on their toes.

Mosi­mane be­lieves the stan­dard of the league has made it pos­si­ble for his side to con­quer the con­ti­nent.

The Brazil­ians scooped three awards at the CAF Awards cer­e­mony in Abuja, Nige­ria, this week.

Sun­downs were named African Club of the Year, Mosi­mane was voted African Coach of the Year, goal­keeper Denis Onyango won the CAF African Player of the Year Based in Africa, while he, Khama Bil­liat and Kea­gan Dolly made the con­ti­nent’s best XI team.

Mosi­mane said he was more than elated about the Club of the Year award as it recog­nises all the play­ers and tech­ni­cal staff.

“I want to thank my PSL col­leagues for push­ing us all the way as they helped us to build a strong side. We can now proudly say that the PSL is the best on the con­ti­nent,” said Mosi­mane.

He said he hoped the awards would in­spire other clubs to go all out in CAF com­pe­ti­tions. But Mosi­mane says there is still a long way to go.

He said their participation at the Fifa Club World Cup in Ja­pan was an eye­opener.

The CAF Cham­pi­ons League cham­pi­ons came back home emp­ty­handed af­ter los­ing their two games.

“We need to im­prove the qual­ity of our prod­uct that we think is good on the con­ti­nent but not good enough for the en­tire world. My aim is to go back to the Fifa Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi this year and for­tu­nately we know what we need to do to go there.

“It is an ex­pen­sive ticket be­cause you need to win the do­mes­tic league and the Cham­pi­ons League but we will give it our best shot,” said Mosi­mane.

He said he was look­ing for­ward to next month’s CAF Su­per Cup against Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup cham­pi­ons TP Mazembe of the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo.

“This game will give us 100% mea­sure of where we are as a club. They are equally good, but maybe even bet­ter than us.”

PHOTO: PHILIP MAETA / GALLO IMAGES

THE BEST ONE Pitso Mosi­mane walked away with the African Coach of the Year

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