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Onyango – How Pitso Changed Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango says Pitso Mosimane should be thanked for bringing in hard work and ultimately the turnaround at the club.

Onyango says this as he celebrates his 10th league title in the Premier Soccer League, which saw him extend his record as the most decorated player in South Africa.

The former Uganda captain was there when Sundowns was not winning titles and struggling to eventually become the championship-winning machine they are now.

Speaking to iDiski Times senior writer Velile Mnyandu in the current edition of the newspaper, the keeper said Mosimane made everyone earn their place in the team which turned things around for the former African champions.

“I think that turning point was the fact that Pitso installed the iron heart in the team. No one would play without working hard and you had to earn your place in the team,” Onyango told iDiski Times.

“They were not looking at faces, how much you’re earning and what kind of a car you are driving or who you are. It was all about hard work and fighting for the team because the quality was too much at Sundowns”

“There was also the likes of Elias Pelembe, the Cheeseboy Mokoenas, the Punch Masenamelas. If you are not a team and someone has to use his iron hand to make sure that the team performs, that’s the only way we could get results.

“Otherwise everyone would play for himself and become selfish. Pitso made sure that everyone earned their place in the starting line-up”

You can read Onyango’s full interview with Mnyandu in edition 105 of the newspapers available for free at all Shoprite stores in Gauteng and on our website.

Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.