Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane was once again reminded of what he is missing – a finisher.
In Sundowns’ last two matches, Mosimane watched in frustration as his men fluffed chances aplenty in the Absa Premiership and CAF Champions League.
Sundowns played to a goalless draw against Bidvest Wits midweek before beating USM Alger 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. In both games, Sundowns created a number of chances but were devoid of ruthlessness in front of goal.
Though two goals were enough to ensure they advance to the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League, Sundowns were merciful against the hapless Algerians. With strikers out – Mauricio Affonso (injured), Emiliano Tade (retired), Jeremy Brockie (on loan), Sundowns are thin upfront, where Mosimane usually deploys midfielders.
“We always want an extra finisher because the games tell you, even today. The game of Wits told you – you need a finisher. We don’t need a playmaker, I mean we make the play. I don’t think our defence is such a problem and Ricardo (Nascimento) has come back to strengthen us. We are okay. We are okay at the back, we are okay with midfielders, and we are okay with playmakers. We need finishers upfront. We are not looking for a player who is going to show us how to play. Gaston (Sirino) is there. Mshishi (Themba Zwane) is there. We need somebody who can finish the attack. We are trying. We haven’t given up. We are still there,” said Mosimane after the USM Alger triumph.
Sibusiso Vilakazi, who plays as striker on regular occasions, has chipped in with three goals in the last five matches. The former Wits playmaker and Mosimane have an intriguing celebration, which Sundowns supporters would be delighted to see on regular basis with Vilakazi finding the net.
“You could see Villa was on song. He gets his confidence and he is scoring now. Three games in a row. He says I have to stay on the pitch. He says somebody must take me out and must score. So I will leave him to play,” said Mosimane.
Currently Mosimane’s side is fifth on the league scoring charts with 22 goals so far this season.
Log leaders Kaizer Chiefs (33 goals), Orlando Pirates (27), SuperSport United (24) and Bloemfontein Celtic (23) are ahead of the Brazilians. Mosimane has expressed interest in signing former Chiefs striker and Zimbabwean hitman Knowledge Musona, who is also on the radar of Belgian side KAS Eupen.
However, bar a signing, Mosimane will have to make do with what he has when Sundowns host Pirates at Loftus Versfeld in a league clash this coming Wednesday.
By Hosea Ramphekwa