Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango believes winning the Telkom Knockout crown over the weekend will release pressure on the Brazilians in the months ahead.

The Tshwane giants claimed the title in Durban when they edged Maritzburg United 2-1 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Onyango feels they can now go into their busy Christmas schedule more at ease, adding that the Chloorkop outfit still faces a tough conclusion to 2019 in which they still have three matches remaining.

Onyango also reflected on the clash in Durban, which saw Sundowns come from a goal down to beat the Team of Choice.

They had fallen behind to a Judas Moseamedi goal before half time, but two headers by Uruguayan Mauricio Affonso helped sink the plucky local side in front of a near-capacity crowd at the 50 000 Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Onyango conceded it was hard work, but felt their experience made the difference at the end.

Onyango also reserved special praise for his coach Pitso Mosimane. The 55-year-old claimed his ninth title in seven years at Sundowns – the highlight undoubtedly being the 2016 CAF Champions League title.

The former Bafana Bafana boss is one of South Africa’s most successful coaches and Onyango feels he deserves all the credit that has come his way.

Sundowns will be back in action on Tuesday night when they face Bidvest Wits in an Absa Premiership clash at the same Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Report by Thahir Asmal