Though the odds are tilting in the favour of his rivals, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is refusing to give up on the Absa Premiership title.
Mosimane was the face of dejection and frustration after his men drew 1-1 with Highlands Park at Dobsonville Stadium on Friday night, where Sundowns’ title aspirations took a massive blow. The outcome augurs well for log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, who have a chance to extend their lead at the top of the standings. Chiefs, who play Polokwane City today, have 49 points which is three points ahead of Sundowns from the same number of games.
“Yes, we are not going to give up because you don’t know what is happening tomorrow (today). You have just got to keep on going. We are an ambitious team. As always we are trying to win the three trophies. Sometimes you get and sometimes you might not. Sometimes you come out with two and some time you come out with one which you already have in hand. Maybe if you believe and you keep going, fortunes can change and you win the three trophies,” Mosimane said after the disappointing result.
Since the league’s return, Sundowns have had mixed feelings. They reached the final of the Nedbank Cup after defeating Bidvest Wits but their league performances have been difficult. Mosimane’s men have managed to get two points out of a possible six following a share of spoils with Orlando Pirates and Highlands Park. Mosimane was at pains to explain that his men are not getting into their usual rhythm.
“It is easy to speak but it is difficult to do it. You can do it if you have a good foundation but you have a foundation of not playing football for four months. This is what you get, not very good performances. We know about it. We are not playing very well. We don’t play up to our standard. You can’t buy it, you’ve got to go through it and see how it goes and try. You got the final so try to win the final.”
Next up for Mosimane and his men is a league clash against Cape Town City at Loftus Versfeld. City will be on a high following a 1-0 over Chippa United on Friday. Mosimane expects a tough challenge.
“Cape Town City likes to play a little like Sundowns. We will check the game. At least, we have three days to check the game and we will see. They are always a difficult team that gives us tough times. A ball playing team. I don’t know how far they are but we continue game after game,” said Mosimane.
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By Hosea Ramphekwa