Pitso Mosimane has urged his team to remain focused for their nine remaining Absa Premiership games including the Nedbank Cup where they take on Highlands Park in Tembisa at Makhulong Stadium on Saturday.
Mamelodi Sundowns were knocked out of the CAF Champions League by Egyptian giants Al Ahly last weekend, but the “Brazilians” bounced back in style with a 1-0 victory over Stellenbosch FC in a League encounter down in Cape Town on Wednesday night courtesy of a solitary goal by Themba Zwane.
“We are holding on to the trophy, we don’t want to release it, we don’t want it out of the trophy cabinet. We still seeing it, we still love it, so we can’t release it, we’re trying to protect it, “said Mosimane.
“So we had two games in hand and at least we managed to get rid of one, so until we get rid of that game in hand and you have won it then you can start looking at the log table differently. But it’s very difficult for us, we are playing a well-rested team [Pirates],” added the Sundowns mentor.
The victory over Stellenbosch FC means second-placed Sundonws cut Chiefs’ lead at the top to just 4 points with ‘Masandawana’ still having a game in hand against Orlando Pirates next week Wednesday.
“I heard the coach of Orlando Pirates, I was surprised. The coach of Orlando Pirates was speaking about our game, I said, I mean what I forgot is that it is their next game. I’ve got Highlands Park over the weekend and last week the coach of Pirates was speaking about my game.
“But when I realised I said okay they gonna be well rested and waiting for us and I was reading Owen Da Gama is talking about our game.
“I said we are in trouble hey, but that is the price you pay when you are too ambitious. If you’d be greedy, you’re going to pay. The Champions League now spits us out, we didn’t win it, so you ask yourself did you really want to put 14 games there, were they worth it? I don’t know,” admitted Mosimane.
“Financially yes. But you lose players hey, this is how we lost Thapelo Morena in the Nedbank Cup because we’re being greedy, maybe we should let it go like how Pep [Guardiola] lets go of the FA Cup and all that.
“Because? People are resting, people are waiting for you. You know Highlands Park, I don’t want extra time in that game, whether we win, or we lose, no extra time because they will beat us,” concluded Mosimane.
By Shane Matsoyane