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Pitso Mosimane: Someone had to end Soweto's PSL dominance

Pitso Mosimane
Pitso Mosimane
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Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane admits it's been a difficult road to topple the Soweto giants and get his team to the top of South African football.

When Mosimane took over from Johan Neeskens in December 2012, Sundowns were struggling near the bottom of the league standings while Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs dominated the league, but since then Masandawana have never finished outside the top two; and won the league four times.

"It has been tough for me but I just think that somebody has got to do that, somebody had to step in and deal with the monotony of the Soweto giants," Mosimane said, as quoted by Times Live.

"I think that it is only fair, it is good for competition. I think that they [Chiefs and Pirates] also like the competition to realise that it is all about life.

"You go to the English Premier League right now, where are the Manchester United stories and them? They are no longer there, Man United and Arsenal ... where are they?

"Now it's Manchester City and Liverpool. It's generations you know, it's the way it is. But times change. It's football, it evolves, there is a time for this one and a time for this one."

Asked about the current rivalries in the South African top-flight, Mosimane continued, "There are new rivalries all the time, there is [Chiefs coach] Ernst Middendorp now.

"The thing is you must have endurance - if you don't have endurance, you will be in trouble.

"But it is good for me because it is a good test and it is good for me to know who I am. It is good for me to stand the test of time.

"Now there are the two Germans around [Middendorp and Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer]."

- TEAMtalk media

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