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17 May 2015
4:59 pm

It doesn’t matter how you win – Pitso


It took Mamelodi Sundowns 120 minutes and a penalty shootout to overcome underdogs Ajax Cape Town to win the Nedbank Cup final, and the Brazilians coach Pitso Mosimane said all that mattered was winning the title.

Pitso Mosimane during the Nedbank Cup Final between Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

“It doesn’t matter how you win, it’s a Cup final,” said Mosimane.

“No one will remember that we won it on ball possession or penalties. So those things don’t matter, it’s just about lifting the trophy.”

Sundowns could have wrapped up the match easily in regulation play with the number of chances they created according to Mosimane.

“I think we controlled from minute one up until extra time. We controlled the ball.

“We played a good, tactically, disciplined team. We made chances, we were quicker to the ball. We dominated the play but we didn’t convert all that domination into a goal. We kept trying but we didn’t score.”

The star player of the match was Ajax keeper Anssi Jaakkola who kept his side in it with a solid performance in goal.

Jaakola was gracious in defeat.

“It’s hard to find the right words at the moment,” said Jaakola.

“We were so close, but Sundowns were just a little bit better and that won them the Nedbank Cup.”

Despite being tagged as heavy underdogs for the clash, Ajax still believed they could spring a surprise according to Jaakola.

“It is one week since the league finished and I feel like we still have the legs to go and run. Our main goal was to start strong and get an early goal.”

The Cup success was a landmark win for Sundowns said Mosimane.

“This win will encourage us for the Top 8 (MTN8). We are angry, we are very angry. We want the big fish, we know where the trophy is. I know where I fetched it last year, I will fetch it again this year.

“Sundowns hadn’t won the Cup for the last seven years and we broke the deadlock.

“Last year we hadn’t won the league for seven years and we broke the deadlock.

“Sundowns is back, it’s just baby steps. We are going to strengthen the team, we are back again next year.”