Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena has heaped praise on his players after they were crowned DStv Premiership champions on Wednesday evening.
The Brazilians managed to secure their fifth consecutive league title despite being held to a goalless draw with Cape Town City at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.
The draw moved Sundowns 13 points clear at the top of the league standings with 58 points from 26 games, while the Citizens remained in third place with 41 points, four points behind second-placed Royal AM.
Mokwena congratulated all involved in the club’s success this season, including the players, technical team and, most importantly, the club’s supporters.
“Firstly, of course, congratulations to Masandawana family, congratulations to the supporters and it’s good to wrap up the title with them with us here, so I’m very happy for them,” Mokwena told SuperSport TV.
“Congratulations to the technical team, it has been a very difficult season but we grafted and put in the hours, so congratulations. Congratulations to the club, the entire club management, the Motsepe family, the chairman, the president, the board and everybody involved.
“The support has been incredible throughout, in bad moments and good moments, we stuck together. They’ve given us a push throughout the season.
“But last and not least, and probably the most important people is the football players. They have been magnificent this season, what they have achieved on the pitch has been incredible.
“If I talk to you about how many times we’ve changed systems, how many buildup schemes we’ve got, how many high-press schemes, it’s only a reflection of the quality and the intellectual capacity of our players and we’re very proud of them and just honoured to be their coaches.”