Mid-season break key to Sundowns win
Coach Pitso Mosimane took his side to Zambia in January on a rejuvenating mid-season break.
JOHANNESBURG - Mamelodi Sundowns Captain Alje Schut says the club's mid-season break in January was key to the team's impressive second half of the season performance that saw them clinch the Premier Soccer League (PSL) title.
The Brazilians were officially crowned PSL champions on Tuesday evening following a 3-0 win over SuperSport United in the Tshwane derby at Loftus, Pretoria.
The team claimed its first league title in seven years and their sixth overall.
Downs are also on a ten-game winning streak.
"I think we had a very good mid-season break in Zambia, where we sat together as players and had a very open conversation with some of the experienced players. We had an open conversation with the coach, there were some changes and then we did very well after the break. We only lost two games and the rest we won," Schut said.
Masandawana came back from a 13-point deficit to win the league.
Striker Surprise Moriri says the title run was an exciting experience.
"It was very exciting because at one point, Chiefs were leading by big margins and we just had to keep on going. We minimised the margin and finally we got to the top. When we got there, we said we were not going to go back down. Chiefs slipped up and we made sure to capitalise."
Midfielder Anthony Laffor has spoken about the importance of both coach Pitso Mosimane and his staff.
"I think we have a very good coach and our coaches always want us to play football."
Mosimane became the first black coach to win the PSL.
Following their league title victory, Sundowns will now take part in the CAF Champions League.
Having seen Pirates make a run to the final of last year's competition, Mosimane is targeting a continental win for his team.
"The Champions League is my passion. We should go for the Champions League and we have the team for the Champions League. We will have to learn a little bit and see how it goes. I'll ask Roger [de Sa] what happened and how he did it. I will also check the strengths and the weaknesses of Kaizer Chiefs and what happened to them. We will make sure we have the right team for Africa."