Mosimane thanks fans

2016-10-19 06:00

PITSO MOSIMANE, the Mamelodi Sundowns coach, has thanked all South Africans for the support given to his team in their victory over Zamalek in the first leg final of the African Champions League in Tshwane on Saturday (15/10).

Fans came out in droves to witness Sundowns destroy Zamalek 3-0 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium and head into the second leg in Alexandria next Sunday (23/10) with a big advantage.

Mosimane says the “12th man” made a huge difference for the team.

“I would be doing an injustice if we don’t congratulate and thank the whole of South Africa. I saw yellow jerseys, I saw Chiefs jerseys, I saw Bafana Bafana jerseys, it was unbelievable. I was so emotional. That was true patriotism,” Mosimane said.

“Jingles” also reserved special praise for the media in marketing the match.

“I told the guys I have never seen Sundowns on the back pages like this.

“Every week, big pictures. Percy Tau had a nice big picture in the Sowetan. I said to him: ‘Who do you think you are?’ But it’s because you guys supported us.

“I said it’s not easy to be on the back page with a full picture when they had a small picture of Lionel Messi. It’s because you guys supported us all the way. You guys have been patriotic.

“South Africa is slowly coming to understand. I wish we could have many more games like these.

“Some people don’t understand international football, but it was brilliant, beautiful.

“I want to thank the other teams in the PSL. They brought their supporters. I got messages from Calvin Johnson, from everybody, Lucky Lekgwathi, Ramahlwe Mphahlele.

“It was unbelievable, the good luck messages that we got,” Mosimane con­cluded. –

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