Absa Premiership

Pitso proud of Sundowns players for lifting CAF trophy in Egypt

2016-10-24 08:30
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane reveals that there is "no sweeter" victory than winning the CAF Champions League in Egypt.

READ: As it happened: Zamalek 1-3 Sundowns

Mosimane's charges entered the second-leg with a 3-0 lead over a determined Zamalek at the Borg El Arab Stadium.

A 60 000 strong crowd made conditions worse for the traveling party as laser beams and negative remarks from the home fans were used to make life uncomfortable for the Brazilians.

'Downs goalkeeper Dennis Onyango was stretchered off in the first-half after receiving medical attention and was replaced by veteran, Wayne Sandilands for rest of the encounter.

Sundowns' game plan worked well up until the 65th minute as Zamalek broke the deadlock through a thunderous 25-yard strike from Stanley Ohawuchi.

The Egyptian giants were probing for a second goal but Sundowns remained stubborn in the dying moments of the game as Sandilands put in a few good saves to secure the Pretoria's side first African star.

"We have to respect Zamalek - they’re a big team, and to come to Egypt and raise the trophy here... there no sweeter way to lift the trophy," Mosimane told reporters after the game as quoted by KickOff.

"It’s undisputable... we played here, and we lifted it here. So we really deserve to lift the trophy, and it was a good game.

"It was difficult to play in front of the White Knight supporters - it was the first time we had ever faced such a big crowd."

"But I instructed my players before the game to go out and walk on the pitch, as if they stayed in the dressing room, they would get a shock when they came out. So we dealt well with that.

"I’m proud of my boys, playing for the first time in front of such a big crowd... and we won the trophy."

Sundowns will now participate in the FIFA World Club Cup in December where they could face the likes of Real Madrid.

Mosimane and his charges are expected to arrive back in South Africa on Wednesday, October 26.


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