Absa Premiership

Mokoena hails Pitso's impact

2014-05-19 17:16
Lebohang Mokoena (Gallo Images)
Pretoria - Following their triumphant season in the PSL, Mamelodi Sundowns winger Lebohang Mokoena has praised coach, Pitso Mosimane, who was crowned as the league's coach of the season.

Mokoena, 27, said he is happy for "Jingles" after he guided the Pretoria giants to their sixth PSL title.

Mosimane took over from Johan Naskeens in December 2012.

In an exclusive interview with Sport24, the former Orlando Pirates ace also revealed that he is enjoying his time under Mosimane at Sundowns, having worked with him at the national team in the past.

"All is well with him," said Mokoena.

"I am very happy for his achievement, he is the first black local coach to win the league.

"I believe this will also serve as a motivation to all the local coaches that everything is possible out of hard work.

"Being crowned as the coach of the season is another remarkable achievement.

"Pitso is a hard worker and he is always up most of the times.

"I was not surprised at all to hear his name being called up for the award last night."

Although Sundowns won the league this past season, "Cheese Boy" stressed that it was not sufficient for his team-mates who have more ambitions. They will, however, use it as a confidence booster heading into next season.

"Winning the league is not enough for us.

"It serves as a motivational factor going forward.

"As a team we still want to win more trophies.

"All will be possible due to the amount of work we do."

The Soweto-born winger already has eight caps to his name in the Bafana colours and believes that his current form could serve as a golden ticket back to Gordon Igesund's team.

"Yes I still want to go back to the national team.

"I will be happy if I can wear the national team jersey again in my career.

"But I still have a lot of work to do at Sundowns.

"It is every player's dream to represent his country."

"I will wait for my time again," added Mokoena.


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