PSL coaches hail Mamelodi Sundowns and urge for their model to be followed

PSL coaches hail Mamelodi Sundowns and urge for their model to be followed

Premier Soccer League (PSL) coaches are in awe of Mamelodi Sundowns' achievements and advocate for South African football to follow their lead.

After Sundowns set a new points record (72) in the 16-team league in the PSL era, following their 1-0 win over Stellenbosch FC this past weekend, Polokwane City head coach Phuti Mohafe says they continue to be an example to South African football.

The Brazilians’ coach, Rulani Mokwena, beat his predecessor, Pitso Mosimane’s record of 71 points, which was set eight years ago.

"I just hope and wish that whatever is done at Sundowns we can copy as the other teams because they are doing very, very splendid work. All of their departments I think are working hand in glove so that is example for other teams and they are showing us that consistency and hard work, the level of commitment, bravery and aggression in going to matches will give you the courage to compete. So, what they are doing is exceptional," Mohafe said.

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Baroka FC coach Dan “Dance” Malesela, a Sundowns legend himself and former youth coach at the club underscores the significance of Sundowns' brand of football.

He believes it should not only be admired but also emulated.

Malesela points to Sundowns’ absolute dominance in South African football as a beacon of hope, proving that good football prevails.

"That's how football must be played. You know if other clubs don't try and match Sundowns, they'll continue winning the league, they'll continue dominating. We've got to start playing football. I'm happy I saw Pirates changed a little bit, they slowed down because they were playing like spitfire because you need time to think on the ball. You need time to see what you need to do and all of that. Time is limited and you can afford yourself time and the players at Sundowns have mastered that art," Malesela said.

Sundowns can still finish on 78 points if they win their last two matches against TS Galaxy and Cape Town City.

This will become a new record overall in the PSL era, surpassing the 75-point record set by the Sundowns team coached by the late Ted Dumtru in 1998/99, Paul Dolezar the following season, and the Kaizer Chiefs team of 1998/99.