Cape Town - The wording on Mamelodi Sundowns' emblem
suggesting "The Sky is the Limit" is now poised to materialise in a
more tangible fashion.
This was the sentiment expressed by former Sundowns co-owner
and now effective technical director,
Angelo Tsichlas, following "The Brazilians" comprehensive 3-1 victory
over Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout Final at a jam-packed Moses Mabhida Stadium
in Durban on Wednesday night.
"Just as significant in that we won the game and ended
a six-game hoodoo that Chiefs held over us in PSL Cup finals," said
Tsichlas, "was the fact that we comprehensively outplayed them, extended
an unbeaten streak to 11 games in all competitions and proved we have truly
overcome what was a tricky start to the season.
"Our objectives now," he added, "are to
continue this run of form and regain the Premier League title and achieve what
has long been a much-sought ambition of the club to annex CAF's Champions
League title and become champions of Africa."
Tsichlas is now effectively
the link in the overall running of Sundowns' affairs with billionaire and
current boss Patrice Motsepe.
The outspoken, go-ahead Greek-orientated soccer official,
who first joined Sundowns more than 25 years ago as the bucket-carrying assistant
coach to Mario "The Godfather" Tuani and then secured a share-holding
in the club along with his wife, Natasha Tsichlas, before selling out to mining
magnate Motsepe, says he believes his return to The Brazilians has not only
been "a tonic" for himself, but also for the club.
"Almost all the pieces were there for Sundowns to
regain the magical stature the club enjoyed in the latter part of the 20th
century and early 2000s," added Tsichlas, "but what was needed was an
effective link-up between the big man, Motsepe, and the manner the club was
managed and run on a daily basis.
"You know Patrice is one of South Africa's leading
businessmen and despite his passion for Sundowns simply does not have the time
to do everything on his own.
"I believe this is where I have filled a void as the
link between coach Pitso Mosimane and the other officials on the one hand and
the president on the other - with the direction we intend to take from now on
an upward one."