Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
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23 Dec 2015
2:34 pm

#PitsoMustFall campaign woke us up – Onyango

Sibongiseni Gumbi

In a strange twist of events, Mamelodi Sundowns fans who called for coach, Pitso Mosimane's removal after a string of unenviable results at the start of the season have helped the team greatly.

A few games into the current season, Mosimane was under pressure as results were not favourable for his team, and after a surprise loss to Absa Premiership returnees, Golden Arrows, he was pelted with missiles.

After that, the #PitsoMustFall campaign gained momentum, and pressure increased on the former Bafana Bafana mentor to step down.

Former Kaizer Chiefs coach, Stuart Baxter’s sudden arrival in the country at around the same time, added more fuel to the fire, sparking rumours that he was back to take over when Mosimane was released.

While the team’s management condemned that behavior by the fans, it seems to have been just what the team needed to wake up from their slumber.

According to Sundowns’ in-form goalkeeper, Denis Onyango, the fans’ vocal complaints about the team’s performances was a wake up call they needed.

“It was a wake up call to all of us,” said Onyango who became an instant hero for Downs after his unbelievable saves that saw the team easily overcome Kaizer Chiefs to be crowned Telkom Knockout champions last week.

“We knew we had to all pull up our socks and give extra effort to ensure good results. We knew we couldn’t afford to lose any member of the team…

“Everytime we have a coaching change at Sundowns, it destabilises the team, and we have to start all over again. We have to adapt to new methods and systems, and that takes some time and doesn’t help our course at all, hence we had to ensure we don’t lose the coach,” said the Ugandan goalkeeper.

Sundwons have since risen to the top of the standings in the Premiership, and have clinched their first trophy of the season with the TKO.

As things stand, the Chloorkop team are sober favourites for the league championship, with the team unbeaten in the last ten league games.

Althoug Onyango seems to have made the number 1 spot his, he said he doesn’t mind at all when the coach chooses anyone of between Kennedy Mweene and Wayne Sundilands to take over as he believes they are all equally capable of doing a great job for the team.

“Football is a team sport, and not about an individual. I am happy if I am given a chance to start and I give my best, but if the coach opts for someone else, I fully support them. We are a team and everyone deserves a chance,” he said.