Pitso Mosimane Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] Pitso Mosimane Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is pleased with his side’s achievements in the 2016/17 season.

Mosimane said the season past was biggest in the club’s history and that their second-place finish in the league was a remarkable achievement given a stuffed calendar.

The gaffer guided the club to the CAF Champions League and Super Cup titles, and also has the side in the group stage of the competition again.

The Masandawana represented the continent at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan last December but missed out on domestic honours – losing the league and the Super 8 to Bidvest Wits.

“If you look at the achievements, for me I would say 2016/17 was fantastic,” Mosimane said as quoted by KIckOff.

“I tell you why I’m saying it was fantastic: We won two grand stands, we won the Champions League and we won the Super Cup and those are grand stands.

“Okay, we lost the final of the MTN8 (to Bidvest Wits) but we have done well. We lost the league title to Wits again and we have tried, we never let it go.

“So we went and went non-stop. We were traveling, we’ve been in transit and we’ve been everywhere when everyone was resting.

“We ran this race alone and nobody has run the race like this, and for us to be in winter, to be in the (Club) World Cup, and to be six to seven games behind and you’ve to catch up… that has been the problem.

“And for the boys to come and finished second was a remarkable recovery and I need to praise (goalkeeper) Denis Onyango for winning African Footballer of the Year (Based in Africa), Khama Billiat for coming second in CAF Footballer of the year also.

“Yannick Zakri, OK, he was not our player when he was nominated (as he was still with former club ASEC Mimosas), but he was nominated as well.

“I won CAF Coach of the Year, the team won the Team of the Year in Africa. I mean guys, what else can we win? It will be greedy or ungrateful if we don’t cherish what the boys have done but we don’t discredit Bidvest Wits for winning.”

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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