Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane maintains that the Absa Premiership title is still in Kaizer Chiefs’ hands to lose.
This is despite the ‘Brazilians’ 1-0 win against ‘Amakhosi’ on Thursday night at Orlando, which puts them level on 53 points with three matches remaining.
Chiefs remain on top of the log with a 21 goal difference compared to 16 of Sundowns.
“The Championship is not in our hands,” Mosimane told the media after the match.
“We have reduced the points but in football, there are goals so we have not reduced the goals, so the championship is not in our hands. I am still saying the Championship is in Kaizer Chiefs hands to lose, not us. We are underdogs, we are chasing and they are leading.
“I have been long in this Championship race. You got to grow proper and respond to what is happening. If you going to get excited like now we won the match, you think you won the league, we haven’t won the league. There is more stress, there is more pressure for everybody, for us and for Chiefs,” he said.
Sundowns will take on Baroka in their next match on Sunday, while Chiefs will play Bidvest Wits.
“Chiefs have got stress against Wits, We also have stress against Polokwane City so we have been in this game for long and my players have been there and we have been to Champions League. I mean we have to respond, we have got the right mentality for this and we have been going for Championship for the last 6 to 7 years.
“We have the culture, we have the mentality, and we know what to do. Are we playing very well? No. Are we looking like Mamelodi Sundowns? No. But do we want to fight for the title? Yes. So we will do what we need to do to win the title, not what we need to do to show that we can do much better whatever, this is not the time, and it’s the time to win the championship,” concluded Mosimane.
After the match against Baroka, ‘Masandawana’ will take on Polokwane City and wrap up the season with a match against Black Leopards, all in the bottom four.
Chiefs will face Wits, Chippa United and finish with an all-important match against Baroka.
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By Ofhani Munyai