Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has promised that his side will fight until the final whistle on the last day of the season after a 3-0 victory over Polokwane City kept their title defence hopes alive heading into what promises to be a grand finale on Saturday.
Kaizer Chiefs managed to edge out nine-man Chippa United 1-0 on Wednesday night to keep their Premiership title destiny in their own hands.
However, Mosimane is calling for one last big push from his stars as he has every reason to believe that they can snatch the title from under the noses of the Soweto giants.
Both sides are tied on 56 points in the race for supremacy in the Absa Premiership with ‘Amakhosi’ at the summit and the ‘Brazilians’ in second place due to an inferior goal difference of three with only one match remaining.
“So last year we won the last match to win the league and we will give Chiefs a competition and a very good run,” said Mosimane.
“With the injuries and the heavy programme inside the bubble, we are not complaining, we will go for it even when we are losing, we will never give it on a platter, we will fight.
“We only had one chance to take the lead, that was for a few hours after Chiefs lost to Bidvest Wits, that was our only chance we ever had this season and we didn’t take it,” added the Sundowns mentor.
Mosimane believes his men have produced an amazing effort just to be in the thick of the title race late in the season considering that they had a hectic schedule that saw them reach the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League while also remaining competitive in the league and cup competitions pre-Covid-19 lockdown.
“We have closed a 13 point gap and that’s what I am proud of, to close a 13 point gap with games in hand and all those things whilst you are in Morocco, Cairo, playing Al Ahly and competing with a team that didn’t even play top 8.
“A well-rested team [Chiefs] that has been playing every weekend, Sunday to Sunday. From where we are and to fight for the Telkom Cup and to fight for the Nedbank Cup and to fight for the league, no you can’t be ungrateful, we have done very well.”
“You can never be unhappy in life about everything, don’t envy the neighbours, it is a competition and we have been gentlemen, we have given the competition for all the years, even when Bidvest Wits won the league last time, we gave them the competition to win it at the end and it was never easy,” concluded Mosimane.
All Chiefs need in their last encounter against Baroka on Saturday is a win to end their long trophy drought while Sundowns will need to score an avalanche of goals as well as secure a victory against Black Leopards to stand a chance of defending their crown.
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