Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena believes his players deserve more credit after winning the DStv Premiership for the sixth time in a row.
Sundowns won the Premiership after a 1-1 tie with Maritzburg United at Loftus Stadium on Tuesday.
But, Mokwena’s men had already secured the league title with seven games to spare.
Unlike other domestic cup tournaments, Mokwena believes that winning the league requires more from players because it includes more matches against all of the division’s teams.
“I’m very proud of these players for what they have done this season, over 10 months,” Mokwena said.
“This is the competition that you have to win with consistency and to do it the way this group of players has done it deserves a lot more credit than what is given.
“They deserve a lot more noise than what they get because they have been magnificent for about 10 months and that is incredible.”
Mokwena also stated that, while his tenure appeared to be flawless, he made multiple mistakes during his first and successful tenure as the club’s only head coach.
After taking over as head coach in October, the 36-year-old went on to win the league with seven games to spare and without losing a game.
The youthful coach won 14 and drew six of the 20 league matches he managed.
Mokwena’s first domestic defeat came in the Nedbank Cup against Stellenbosch FC.
After receiving the trophy, the coach stated that it was not as wonderful as it may appear to others because he had made some mistakes along the way.
“Sometimes I say the wrong things, issue wrong instructions and sometimes I select the wrong players,” Mokwena said.
“Every day, I get so much wrong, but I guess I’m very comfortable with my iniquities and I know that I’m not perfect. That is what I allow to assist me to grow every single day.
“I’m not afraid to look at things and say wrong sub, wrong line-up and wrong training and sometimes I get everything wrong in one day.”