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Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane finally finds the man he's been looking for

16 December 2019 - 13:22 By Mark Gleeson
Mamelodi Sundowns players celebrate with coach Pitso Mosimane after winning the Telkom Knockout cup.
Mamelodi Sundowns players celebrate with coach Pitso Mosimane after winning the Telkom Knockout cup.
Image: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says he has been looking for variety in his team’s attack for a while now and feels Mauricio Affonso has finally delivered for him.

The 27-year-old Uruguayan scored both goals as Sundowns came back from a half-time deficit to win Saturday’s Telkom Knockout final over Maritzburg United in Durban.

“He’s powerful‚ you can see‚" Mosimane said.

"Affonso is a big boy‚ especially in the air‚ and he gives us a different variety. I’ve been looking for that.

“He’s that kind of player; what you see is what you get. He’s not going to be flashy."

Mosimane said he bought Affonso primarily for the physicality of the Caf Champions League.

“There’s no point buying a player who is the same as (Gaston) Sirino‚ (Themba) Zwane‚ (Sphelele) Mkhulise‚" he continued.

“We need variety and he has provided us with that.”

Affonso joined at the start of the season from Alianza Lima in Peru but had a knee complaint which took several months to heal before he then hurt his ankle as well.

He debuted for Sundowns at the end of September in the 11-1 thrashing of Cote d’Or of the Seychelles in the second leg of their Champions League first round tie‚ scoring after coming on for the last 10 minutes.

He has since started five games for Sundowns and added five more goals.

“And he is not even fit yet.

"We still have to work on getting him properly fit‚” said Mosimane.

Sundowns have had a regular Latin influence for more than a decade now‚ with the likes of Jorge Acuna and Jose Torrealba playing before Mosimane arrived as coach.

Leonardo Castro was signed by Mosimane from Bolivia before the coach went back to South America to purchase Ricardo Nascimento‚ Sirino‚ Jose Ali Meza and Affonso.