Mokwena: We'll fight for the big one next

Mamelodi Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena says they will fight for the 'big one' next season after building a good foundation with the DStv Premiership title.

Sundowns became the first side to lift the DStv Premiership trophy, in what was their fourth league title in a row after thrashing Cape Town City 3-0 on the final day of the season.

Lyle Lakay got the opener early in the first stanza with a fantastic free-kick before Peter Shalulile netted a late brace and came just one goal shy of becoming joint-top leading goal-scorer with Bradley Grobler.

"Firstly, what a good game to finish the season, a good team and the sub of Mpho Makola gave them a little bit more but we stabilised a bit, we played with the right mentality today," Mokwena said on SuperSport TV amidst the celebrations after the match.

"The same mentality we've had throughout the season, so kudos to an exceptional group of players, they've done absolutely incredible things this season.

"We've changed a little bit the way we play, they've bought into the concepts and its great to see and the support we've received from the President, the chairman, the board, the fans, it's been incredible," he said.

"And also from our families, the families of these players, their wives, their girlfriends and in particular for always helping them and giving them that extra push to be able to fight for the championship and to win the championship with three games to go already shows how fantastic the players have been this season."

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Mokwena also reflected on the challenges they've had this season, one of them welcoming Steve Komphela to the technical team and vowed to fight for the CAF Champions League next season.

"Covid was a huge one, a very strange season, a season where because of Covid we had to rotate the team a little bit and sometimes you lose a little bit of rhythm, that fluidity at times and trying to maintain the quality in and amongst the changes has been a major challenge," he said.

"Having a bit of an inflated squad also has been difficult, we couldn't trim the squad because of Covid, you need the numbers, the quality and the depth. But we've done exceptionally well to set a good foundation.

"Because that's what it was, our first season we needed to set the foundation and hopefully we build on from this, it's very important to not only go for the Grand Slam, which is the league title but to fight for the CAF Champions League next season and try and get the big one.

"Ja, not easy [composition of a new technical team] but I think the fact that a lot of people thought it would not work, the fact that we had a lot of detractors allowed us to push a little bit, motivate ourselves and work even harder," he continued.

"It was a season where we knew that 100 percent is not enough, we need 115, maybe sometimes 200 percent, because we knew as a technical team we had to be twice as good.

"Twice as good because sometimes particularly when you're working against, or you're running or swimming against the tide, you know you've got to be twice as good to finish the race," he added.

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