Schut hails 'brave Pitso'

Alje Schut says the calmness of Pitso Mosimane meant he had an easy job to lead the team.

Sundowns captain Alje Schut. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - Mamelodi Sundowns captain Alje Schut admits that it was an easy season when it came to captaining the Brazilians to their first title in seven years.

Schut scored the equaliser for Sundowns in the final game to secure a 1-1 draw against Maritzburg United on Saturday.

Following the game the team were officially presented with the PSL trophy, having won the league by 2 points over second placed Kaizer Chiefs.

And reflecting back on a triumphant season, Schut says the calmness of coach Pitso Mosimane meant he had an easy job on the pitch when it came to leading out the players.

"It's not that difficult because with this coach and the knowledge he has of the South African mentality, he brought in a very professional attitude. For me it was just guiding the youngsters and keeping the players on the right path and I think it went very smoothly"

Schut has also spoken about the level of competitiveness in the South African league.

Having played Dutch side FC Utrecht until 2012, he has shared his thoughts on the competitiveness of the South Africa top flight league.

"It's just a different type of football. If you compare it with the English Premier League, the quality is obviously a little bit less. But it's a very technical league; it's a very physical league. I think the tactical standards are getting there but the South African league is very good"

Attention will now shift from the Brazilian's PSL title win, to a possible win at the PSL awards for Schut where he has been nominated as Footballer of the Season.

Sundowns have been top scorers in the league this season with 51 goals and have also had the meanest defence, conceding just 25 goals as they secured a record sixth PSL crown.

And with personal performances now being rewarded, Schut says being recognised by his peers is an honour.

"To get noticed by the people that are going to choose the player of the year is fantastic because I'm not a flashy player. I'm not somebody who thrills the crowd with tricks and skills but I'm that player that makes the team play better.

"I let other players play better, so I'm not the flashiest player. So to get noticed is very nice"

Schut also had his say on the role of coach Mosimane in helping the team secure their first title in seven years.

Mosimane took over the job midway through last season with the team in the relegation zone.

"I think it's the mentality change that he brought in. He has made us aware that we have to be much more professional. We are working harder and are more professional in the way that we do the video analysis, we spend more time in the gym and we put in the hard work and we see the results"