Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has urged caution ahead of the Tshwane giants’ crucial league clash against Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday.
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“We should not get ahead of ourselves,” said Mosimane to the clubs official website.
“Sure, we are beginning to score goals, and that’s important. But we are not quite where we want to be.
“We are giving as many players as possible game time as we prepare for the challenge, not only of the remaining games of the year, but also the crowded second half of the PSL season plus our African Champions League foray.
“We are going to need every player as injuries and suspensions will be inevitable.”
The coach referred to the game time that players like Anthony Laffor, Luyolo Nomandela, Rodney Ramagalela, Lindokuhle Mbatha and Asavela Mbekile are getting.
“All our players need to be ready to step up their effort.
“Factor in the travelling time that is going to come into play, and you will see why it is important to prepare the whole team for the challenge,” he said.
The game against Pirates is going to be a major test – last season’s fixture away to Bucs saw the Tshwane side winning, but then losing in the return at Loftus. Clearly, Bucs, who have come off a two-game loss streak and have lost their coach will be aiming to turn the corner.
Fans can expect a thunderous encounter, and the players have called on the Sundowns fans to continue giving them the support they have been getting – including the last two games against Supersport and Free State Stars.
While Mosimane is pleased with the progress Khama Billiat is making – he has scored in each of the last two games – he will have concerns about his natural striking department as the predatory Cuthbert Malajila is out with a hamstring injury.