After Mamelodi Sundowns’ title aspirations received a massive shot in the arm over the weekend, Pitso Mosimane is crossing fingers that log leaders Kaizer Chiefs fall into traps.
The traps are in the form of big guns – Sundowns, Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits, whom Chiefs still have to face this season.
Mosimane is banking on the trio to derail his title rivals Chiefs, who are at the summit of the Absa Premiership table with 42 points.
At the weekend, the complexion of the title race changed with Sundowns reducing the gap between them and Chiefs to seven points following a 2-1 win over SuperSport on Sunday, while Chiefs were held to a 1-1 draw by Black Leopards the previous day.
“It’s a long way. May is too far. Anything is possible. We can drop points again. Imagine if we didn’t drop points against Pirates. Imagine if we didn’t drop two points against Wits twice. It says this thing is still alive. That’s reality. You keep going. You are distracted because you keep looking there in the league and suddenly there’s Champions League while other people are just looking at one thing. They have an advantage. Huntie (Wits coach Gavin Hunt) said it. Probably Huntie will disturb them twice. And they still have Pirates. They have us. So it’s still alive but they are on honeymoon give them respect,” said Mosimane after his side’s win over rivals SuperSport United.
Mosimane was delighted after goals by Themba Zwane and Thapelo Morena, on either side of Dean Furman’s equaliser, garnered Sundowns maximum points, which they badly needed after dropping five points in two matches prior to the Tshwane derby.
“What I like about our team is that we corrected our build up from the back from the goalkeeper. Against Pirates we were not moving properly at the back to do our usual build up to get our triangles, to get our passing path because that’s the way we play. We don’t know how to kick the ball forward because Sirino is this height.
“We have to play from the back. There’s no any other way. We corrected that and was free flowing like when we played USMA last time, which is good. Once we have that we have the confidence of the game, we feel we are in charge. Just became difficult at the end but otherwise it was okay. It’s just a game that we played well,” said Mosimane.
Mosimane’s counterpart Kaitano Tembo, whose side has battled with inconsistencies in recent matches, says the loss was a blow in SuperSport’s ambitions of keeping up with teams at the top.
“Besides the title but in terms of us improving especially on the log, we needed three points,” said Tembo.
“Though we gave them a fight but losing three points at this time of the season is always going to be a setback. We need to try and put this behind us. Try focus on the next game. There’s no time for us to be thinking about lost points. We just need to focus on the next game. That’s very important.
“For us, getting three points would have meant that we are getting closer. That’s a huge difference. We could have moved two points ahead of Sundowns so the stretch is now four points. We will always play catch up which is difficult,” said Tembo.
SuperSport will host Chippa United at Lucas Moripe Stadium this coming Friday while Mamelodi Sundowns will travel to Angola for a CAF Champions League clash with Petro de Luanda on Saturday afternoon.
By Hosea Ramphekwa