If the PSL resumption were to be a Hollywood blockbuster, it will be “a movie Pitso Mosimane hasn’t seen before”, coming to the screens near you this weekend.
Mosimane, known for making predictions and permutations on matches and championships, was even uncertain to declare Mamelodi Sundowns ready for this weekend as domestic football returns.
Sundowns will play Bidvest Wits in the semifinal of the Nedbank Cup at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening but Mosimane can’t guarantee his side’s readiness.
“It’s a position we’ve never ever been in our lifetime. Maybe in future, we might be again in the same position but it is a strange position for football because nobody has been in this position before,” Mosimane told the media during a virtual press conference on Wednesday.
Mosimane, whose men are in the hunt for two trophies – the Absa Premiership and the Nedbank Cup, revealed the challenges Sundowns have had leading up to this weekend.
From the false start with regards to training, unavailability of certain players to uncertainty about players’ response to playing football with challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Mosimane is keen to see how things turn out for the defending champions.
“You’ve got to understand that we prepared the team wrong at the beginning. We were preparing quickly. So we loaded the players and we had challenges (with injuries).
“So you’ve got to understand that how you prepare the team is totally different because you are getting different reactions from the body because the body hasn’t done nothing for the last three and a half months. So that has been the challenge,” said Mosimane.
In adhering to the government’s regulations, things have changed with player training in small groups.
Mosimane says it has been hard for him to demonstrate certain things due to social distancing. Also, Mosimane’s tactics will be affected as he will be forced to rotate his team in an effort to avoid overloading players.
“You know I like to play the same team all the time. I don’t think that thing will happen because I’m going to get injuries if I do that and it’s gonna affect all the other games behind.
“If you do that for three games in a row, you gonna have hamstrings, you gonna have groins and all those things. It’s gonna affect the next seven games that are behind so be very careful of what you do,” added the Downs coach.
Mosimane will be hopeful his men are careful not to slip when they battle against Wits this Saturday evening at 19:15.
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By Hosea Ramphekwa