Pitso: I'm happy, but the league is bigger

Nedbank Cup

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane was delighted to secure the Nedbank Cup title but insists the Absa Premiership title is a bigger achievement.

Sundowns defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in the final courtesy of a late goal by Gaston Sirino on Saturday evening, with the Tshwane giants adding a third trophy to their cabinet this season.

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"It was really a tough game for us. I think Denis [Onyango] saved us, two chances in the first-half and the second-half but the game came out exactly the way we expected because of the pattern that they play," Mosimane told SuperSport TV after the match.

"We had to frustrate them on that, not giving [Victor] Letsoalo and [Ndumiso] Mabena enough chance, then they resorted to long balls because they want to use the quick players, Potsane and them.

"Gaston [Sirino] can score difficult goals sometimes. I mean easy ones, in the first-half there he could have walked [it in] to be honest but ja treble, why not."

The Brazilians boss added that he does not have a lot of emotions for winning the Nedbank Cup as he appreciates the league title more.

"I'm happy, we have won but the league [title] is bigger, okay I'm not saying Nedbank [Cup] is small but I'm saying it's a 30-game thing. What can I say, we've got the cup thank you.

Mosimane also went on to explain his substitutions late in the second half.

"I wanted to take the captain [Hlompho Kekana] out because I thought the legs were no longer there. I spoke to him and said, 'I want to take you out' but I was afraid that I will take the leadership out of the team.

"We have to thank the players, we have to thank the yellow nation, we have to thank the board and the president of the club Dr Patrice Motsepe and our families who have been supporting us. Three months in the bubble is not easy but it's worth it when you have to win the last two cups in the bubble."

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