Namibian international striker Peter Shalulile says Mamelodi Sundowns want to continue playing an impressive brand of football while winning trophies.
The Brazilians became the first team to reach the MTN8 final after beating Kaizer Chiefs 3-2 on aggregate over the two-legged semi-final at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville yesterday.
Sundowns won the return leg at home 2-1 thanks to a brace from Shalulile, while Ashley du Preez scored for Chiefs.
The game was wrapped up in the first half, with the irrepressible Shalulile scoring 10 seconds into the game before he cancelled out Du Preez’s penalty on the stroke of half-time.
His opening strike is the fastest in the competition’s history, surpassing Daine Klate’s goal after 34 seconds for Wits versus Sundowns in the 2016 final.
The Brazilians have now won all 10 matches since the start of the season across all competitions, and Shalulile said they want to play well and win silverware.
“It means a lot (to reach the final). We want to make a statement as a club that it’s possible for a club to win five trophies,” he said on Supersport TV after racking up the Man-of-the-match award.
“But for Sundowns and my teammates, we just want to win trophies – it doesn’t mean if you play good football, you can’t win trophies.”
Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena was happy with the contribution of the newbies.
Lucas Ribeiro Costa proved why Sundowns broke the bank to lure him from Belgium – he worked hard to assist Shalulile’s second goal.
Mokwena also credited the newcomers from last season when the team won only the Dstv Premiership.
“We haven’t been in a final since (last season). This is a fairly new group that we’ve established now,” he said.
“It’s our first final together. And that’s the positive and what I want to focus on. It’s a big week where we beat two, two big teams in one week. It’s incredible!” – iol.co.za