Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana says Pitso Mosimane brought a winning mentality to the club
Posted: 5 December 2017 Time: 13:00
Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana has revealed what the key to Pitso Mosimane's success at the club has been since the coach took over.
Mosimane marked five years of being at the helm on Sunday and he has been the club’s longest serving and most successful coach in the PSL era.
Sundowns were in a shambles when Mosimane joined the club five years ago. President Patrice Motsepe had called on various European coaches in an attempt to get the club back to its title-winning days, but none of them could get the job done. When Mosimane took over; however, things changed for Sundowns.
Kekana says Mosimane taught them how to play for the badge and not for themselves.
"I think what worked for coach Pitso since he took over five years ago is that he was able to instil a winning mentality and pride to the players, to know that the badge of Mamelodi Sundowns is important," Kekana tells KickOff.com.
"That worked for us because we knew that we are not only playing for ourselves, but we are representing the club. With him, he learnt that the club comes first," the hard-working midfielder adds.
Since taking over as coach, Mosimane has won two Absa Premiership titles, the Telkom Knockout and Nedbank Cup. He made history by leading Sundowns to their first ever CAF Champions League title in 2016 and they followed that up with a Super Cup win over TP Mazembe earlier this year. Sundowns have also taken part in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Sundowns see him as their very own Sir Alex Ferguson and they have a good chance of getting even more silverware as long as he is in charge.
The Brazilians will take on log leaders Baroka FC at Lucas Moripe Stadium tonight (19h30).