The Brazilians were stretched to their limits by playing over 50 games and travelling all over the continent. At one point they flew from Rabat in Morocco after taking on Wydad Casablanca in the Champions League and went straight to Thohoyandou to take on Black Leopards in the league.
They faltered in the Champions League, being eliminated in the semi-finals, but they still had enough to claim a record ninth league title in the Premier Soccer League era.
Sundowns were in a rebuilding phase last season after losing Percy Tau and Khama Billiat, two influential components of their attack.
Mosimane couldn’t replace the pair, but he did find men good enough to help Sundowns win the championship after Orlando Pirates pushed them until the last game. Even though Sundowns weren’t at their best, they knew how to manage games through the experience they gained from playing in the Champions League for a sixth successive season.