Pitso pays tribute to Ted, Gordon

Premiership

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has paid tribute to the late Ted Dumitru and Gordon Igesund for their contributions to 'La Decima'.

Sundowns made history on Saturday as the club collected its 10th league trophy in the history of the PSL.

Mosimane has now collected five Premiership trophies as a coach since joining The Brazilians in 2012, which is more than any other coach since the inception of the PSL in 1996.

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"I am part of La Decima but you must give credit to the late Ted Dumitru who started it and give credit to Gordon Igesund, who also helped with La Decima," Mosimane said after his team clinched the league title in Soweto on Saturday.

"It's not about me, I just found the titles at Sundowns. It's not about me. It's about the technical team, the players, the board, Dr Patrice Motsepe, my family, you can go on... the supporters. For me, it's about winning."

Note the trophy records of Dumitru and Igesund among the most successful PSL coaches in history below

Mosimane also heaped praise on Lebohang Maboe after he scored a hat-trick against Black Leopards at Dobsonville Stadium to help seal the title.

Maboe has come under fire from Masandawana fans this season due to poor form but the former Maritzburg United star regained his best footing during the bio-bubble.

"For me it's about focusing on the game and that's why you sometimes write about a lot of players who come to Sundowns and don't make it, they are on the bench and they are killing their careers," he continued.

"There is no one killing careers. You focus if you work so hard.

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"I am happy I stayed with Lebo. He got so much criticism the whole year. I said things sometimes [go wrong] and it will happen. I don't know how it happens.

"I told Pitso [Sphelele Mkhulisi] that he was going to score against Highlands Park. Before the match I asked Lebo, 'Don't you think it's about time you score for Sundowns?' He said, 'Coach, I will score.'

"The boy has worked so hard. No missing training, no abuse of alcohol, and he has been there."

The Brazilians are currently preparing to face Bloemfontein Celtic in the Nedbank Cup final at Orlando Stadium on Saturday (20h00) as they chase a domestic treble.

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