Cape Town – After being crowned Nedbank Cup champions, Pitso Mosimane reveals Mamelodi Sundowns are angry and want the big fish next season.
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The final against Ajax Cape Town at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth was decided 4-3 on penalties after extra time ended with the scores still 0-0.
The result ended Sundowns' six-year wait for a cup success and also went some way to making up for their shortcomings in the Premiership this season, where they conceded the top-flight crown back to Kaizer Chiefs.
"What a game," exclaimed Mosimane.
"I think we were in control from the first minute until extra time, we controlled the ball.
"We played a good, tactically-disciplined team, but we made chances and were quicker on the ball. We dominated the play, but we didn’t convert that domination into a goal.
"But it doesn’t matter how you win, it’s a Cup final. No one will remember that we won it on ball possession, or penalties, all that matters is to lift the trophy. I’m happy for my team, I’m happy for all these people."
Pitso was disappointed not be fighting with AmaKhosi up at the top of the table and hopes that the cup, plus his anger at losing the league, will be the catalyst for success next season.
He said: "Last year we got the league, this year we won the most important cup: this is the most important cup that takes you to the (CAF) Confedeation Cup, it’s that national cup, not just any cup.
"We are angry, we are very angry. We want the big fish, where all the trophies are. I know where I fetched it last year, and I will fetch it again this year.
"This team fights, this team plays, and we deserve something. This will encourage us for top eight. You need to be patient with Sundowns, we’re a big and strong team. We’re going to strengthen the team and be back again next year."