Mosimane embraces title race roller-coaster ride


Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane is relishing the roller-coaster ride of this season’s Absa Premiership title race, describing it as the “beauty of football”.

Sundowns squandered an opportunity to go three points clear at the top of the log standings with two matches remaining as they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against relegation-threatened Baroka on Sunday, a relief for Kaizer Chiefs, who lost to Bidvest Wits.

Mosimane and his faltering side remain behind ‘Amakhosi’ on goal-difference. “When football happens and results don’t come right, I’m the guy who doesn’t want to make excuses, why we didn’t win,” said Mosimane.

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“It is unbelievable, it is the beauty of football, it keeps everybody on the edge. The way it is going is unbelievable but it is frustrating to us as coaches, as you said Ernst Middendorp didn’t go to the post-match interviews.

“We are human beings and the expectations are high, we as the coaches we have to take the blame, as much as we take the credit but let’s see how it goes, this thing still has a heartbeat, you never know what’s going to happen,” added Mosimane.

Since the resumption of football, long-time leaders Chiefs suddenly stuttered with the finish line in sight as they dropped crucial points to allow Sundowns to catch up. Both sides are now tied on 53 points.

In their six matches in the PSL Bio Bubble, ‘The Glamour Boys’ have only registered a single victory to go along with the three defeats and two draws.

Picture courtesy of Mamelodi Sundowns.

But, ‘The Brazilians’ have also struggled to regain the form they had before the coronavirus pandemic disrupted proceedings. Sundowns have lost two of their seven league games with three stalemates and two wins.

“My job is pressure; we are professionals and we are trained to take the pressure. one day you are loved and the next you are not,” added Mosimane.

“So, players need to understand that and do their best. Professionals must play with the pressure, enjoy it in fact, thrive. I come out stronger,” concluded the Sundowns mentor.

The league title race is set for an exciting photo finish as Chiefs will tackle Chippa United in their penultimate encounter on Wednesday before they meet Baroka in their final game at the weekend.

Sundowns, meanwhile, will play Polokwane City on Wednesday and Black Leopards on Saturday.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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