Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has praised his players for going on in some of the most difficult situations.
Sundowns have played over 50 matches in all competitions this season, including two different CAF Champions League competitions, but they have kept on going. Despite being knocked out of all the domestic knockout competitions, Sundowns are still in the race to win the 2018/19 Absa Premiership and Champions League titles. They are second in the domestic league and in the semifinal of the continental club competition.
Sundowns, who are joint top of the Absa Premiership standings with Orlando Pirates, were not docked points for fielding the ineligble Wayne Arendse against Bidvest Wits in the first half of the season and Mosimane. They were fined R250 000, half of which is suspended for 12 months.
“It’s good that it’s clear now and we know what’s happening. Probably Sundowns will talk, they will talk. I’ve spoken my own opinion and I’m not saying whether or not Sundowns win the league, I’m not really proud of the way the programme has happened. It has disturbed us a lot and it has disturbed.
"I’ve made enemies I know, but it’s football and it’s my life. I want to win, nothing else, and it has distburbed the players. For me, I don’t have that spirit of ‘I want to win the league’. No I don’t think it went very well, that’s my opinion. But Sundowns will make a statement out of that. At least everything is clear now, but there was turbulence that happened and it was very difficult for us, to be honest.”
Sundowns will host Wydad in the second leg semifinal at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.