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Philemon Masinga: I always knew Mamelodi Sundowns would win the league

13:39 GMT+3 29/04/2018
Philemon Masinga and Innocent Buthelezi of South Africa celebrate with the trophy of the Africa Cup of Nations 1996
The 48-year-old is excited to see the Buccaneers doing well and qualifying for Caf competitions

Following Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 victory on Saturday over Ajax Cape Town, former star Philemon Masinga believes that coach Pitso Mosimane has built a South African giant that can be compared to Spanish giants Barcelona.

The former Jomo Cosmos forward said that the Tshwane-based outfit were favourites to win the Premier Soccer League (PSL) title and played a brand of football worthy of lifting their eighth league title.

The Brazilians clinched the league crown after bagging 59 points from 29 league matches and will wrap up their campaign against Bloemfontein Celtic on May 12.

Goals by Khama Billiat, Ricardo Nascimento and Sibusiso Vilakazi ensured that the Tshwane giants dethroned Bidvest Wits as champions.

Speaking to Goal, the former Bafana Bafana striker praised coach Mosimane for ensuring that his team played to their strengths and won their games when it mattered the most.

"Yeah it was a good win, but I always said Sundowns will win it, they have been playing good football and Pitso has turned the club into Barcelona of South Africa," he said in an exlusive interview with Goal.

"He has built a strong team and he has talents in his squad, many experienced players who can turn things around at anytime," said the former Brazilians striker.

"Yes they were under pressure from Pirates as we saw in the last two or three weeks, but I don’t think Pitso was hoping for any favours," he reacted.

“He knew Pirates had to still win their games but I am sure he was not hoping Cape Town City would help them," he noted.

“They won it themselves and credit must go to them for a great job, and the technical team, the players and the supporters played a vital role in helping them," he continued.

“In my view, some said their loss and draw to Maritzburg United was going to derail them, but these were tough games let’s be honest, and their experience showed yesterday," explained Masinga.

“They did not panic yesterday against Ajax, you saw their level of experience in the team and I am glad for Pirates as well, they have done well after last season," said the Stilfontein-born forward.

“I am excited by how they played and we need to congratulate the coach and the players, he came in and made changes in the team, they played good football and the players were hungry because they played as a team,” said the former Ezenkosi striker.

"Yes it’s interesting for our football because these teams know how to win in the continent, Pirates won it in 1995 and Sundowns in 2016 – their progress will go a long way in helping he PSL as far as progress is concerned,” he concluded.