Sundowns’ Mokoena happy and excited

Back: Lebohang Mokoena. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Back: Lebohang Mokoena. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Lebohang Mokoena should be standing on the rooftops, boasting to the local football fraternity about the integral role he played in seeing his side lift the Absa Premiership trophy.

Sundowns were officially crowned this season’s top-flight league champions after their 1-1 draw against Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday.

They had wrapped up the 2013/14 victory with a 3-0 win over SuperSport United at Loftus four days earlier, and ultimately finished two points clear of second-placed Kaizer Chiefs.

Mokoena has had a meteoric rise to the Downs starting line-up after being out of action for almost a year with a knee injury.

The former Orlando Pirates player proved to be a vital cog in coach Pitso Mosimane’s plans.

After their match against Maritzburg, Mokoena said he was still awestruck at winning the country’s most sought after football title.

“I am so humbled. I would like to thank everybody that supported this club and gave us an opportunity to win this trophy. We’re just happy and excited,” he said.

In previous seasons, Downs had near misses in pursuit of the league crown, but under Mosimane they managed to strike gold.

Mokoena admitted he did not have it easy, coming back from injury and breaking into the starting line-up, but he was thrilled to have played a role in his side’s triumph.

“It was not easy for me to get into the team, but I managed to contribute something.”

Sundowns plan to conquer Africa by winning the continent’s Caf Champions League, and Mokoena is expected to play a leading role.




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