Mphela not happy with PSL

2011-04-20 07:51
Katlego Mphela (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Katlego Mphela says he is disappointed with the Premier Soccer League's decision to move Mamelodi Sundowns' postponed match against AmaZulu to May 4, but believes his side can still win the title.

The clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday was postponed due to heavy rain after a moat had formed around the outside of the pitch.

The match will now take place on May 4, in the middle of a week where Sundowns are already scheduled to face title rivals Kaizer Chiefs and struggling Maritzburg United

Mphela now fears the decision to move the match to later in the season could cost his team dear in the race for league glory.

"It's frustrating and it puts pressure on us," Mphela told this site.

"I was surprised that they decided to move the game to May 4 when we are playing Chiefs a few days before and another match after that.

"Three games in six days is confusing - how can we do that after having a whole three weeks off? It just doesn't make sense."

Mphela added: "It's going to be very demanding physically and mentally but there's no turning back and we can't make any excuses now. We just have to try and win all our matches."

Having hauled their way back into contention for the title courtesy of four successive victories last month, Sundowns had to watch all three of their title rivals secure three points over the weekend.

The wins for their rivals has left Ian Gorowa's side in fourth spot - five points behind joint-leaders Orlando Pirates and Ajax, but with a game in hand.

The biggest fear now for Mphela is facing Amakhosi at FNB Stadium on May 1 without much match practice, a scenario they will face given the break for Nedbank Cup matches this weekend.

He concluded: "In my experience at Sundowns, when we have the momentum behind us then we can go on good runs but when you have a long break, that's when we have struggled.

"It's always been our problem but of course we still have a chance. It's been hard seeing the other teams winning their matches and not playing ourselves but we have been here before.

"We know that we can still win all our games and take the title." 

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