Masandawana had to once again dig deep as they came from behind to defeat a struggling Ajax Cape Town 3-1 in Tshwane. It was a real team effort as Khama Billiat cancelled out Mosa Lebusa’s early strike, before a penalty by Ricardo Nascimento and a goal by Sibusiso Vilakazi ensured that the title would be returning to Chloorkop.
Nonetheless, in the aftermath of the title winning encounter, Sundowns' 53-year-old was in good spirits as he hailed his team’s mentality.
“They never panicked because they know we’re strong. There was never a doubt from us that if we lose then this because we came back with the right mentality," Mosimane told SuperSport TV after the game.
The former Bafana Bafana mentor singled out Hlompho Kekana for his leadership and contribution on the field.
“We got a strong captain (Kekana) in the team who leads them in the pitch. He has won the Champions League, he’s been everywhere. These guys are very good, they know how to deal with this,” he added.
While many would have questioned whether or not Sundowns would indeed give into the pressure at the final hurdle especially after playing out to a 2-2 draw against Maritzburg United in their last game, Mosimane revealed that he never believed that that they were in jeopardy of losing the PSL title.
“It’s been tough. It's been a long season. The league has never been under threat. We’ve been where we are (on top) for months and months. There was never a situation of points difference to say the league is gone,” he explained.
“We knew we could do that. I told you before, I don’t think Mamelodi Sundowns can get full points from their last three games and so too Orlando Pirates and this is the reality. But we have to thank the players for being in transit, that travels from different hotels, playing every three days and not even complaining when you win the league like this. We won against well-rested teams,” he continued.
“You got to thank the supporters, singing with their boards held up. Our president and his family, without them, we wouldn’t have been around. The players for their patience for sticking to it for five years,” he expressed.
“We’re at it again in the (Caf) Champions League next year. And not forgetting my family, my wife, my children for being patient with us. We’ve been through a lot,” he concluded.