Absa Premiership

Pitso fires warning to rivals

2014-03-16 14:19
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Mamelodi Sundowns will soon recover from an injury crisis and will return to be a force to be reckoned with, coach Pitso Mosimane warned on Saturday evening.


Sundowns kept in touch with log-leading Kaizer Chiefs with a 1-0 win over Polokwane City in a Premiership clash at Loftus Versfeld, in Pretoria, despite being without a host of key players.

“There’s a time when everybody will come back and we will be strong,” Mosimane said after the game on Saturday.

“These things (injuries) happen in football, but let me be honest. In my 13-year career, I’ve never seen this… never ever.

“I think it’s a test of character for the team, a test of character for me but you know what, I make a plan.”

The Brazilians were without as many as eight first choice players, including the strike pair of Cuthbert Malajila and Katlego Mashego, while at the back, skipper Alje Schut is still nursing a quad strain which has kept him out for the last four matches.

In midfield, Mosimane had to do without the likes of Khama Billiat, Bongani Zungu and Elias Pelembe, while goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene -- who was on the bench and sporting headgear following a blow to the head last week -- has also yet to fully recover from that injury.

Mosimane, nevertheless, was bullish as he reinforced Sundowns’ desire to make a push for the Premiership title.

“Everybody looks at the team-sheet, they say, ‘Zungu’s not there, Pelembe’s not there, [Cuthbert] Malajila’s not there, [Katlego] Mashego’s not there, Alje Schut is not there… I think we can beat these guys,’” Mosimane added.

“We keep winning. Sundowns has got ammunition, we’re strong.

“We lost Bongani [Zungu], we lost [Elias] Pelembe and [Tebogo] Langerman… we won’t drop the ball because we believe that under this adversity, there is something behind [it].

“There must be something… I think, maybe, we’ll have the last laugh.”

Teko Modise netted the only goal of the game in the 17th minute to hand Mosimane a nervy three points when Sundowns could have converted plenty more.

“It was a hard-earned one. We fought, we survived,” Mosimane said.

“I’m okay with the win, yes, and with the performance… the team fought and they showed big-time character.

“Unfortunately we had to make two forced substitutes again today, because people cannot continue."

Mosimane will have to contend with fresh injury concerns ahead of his next game, against Free State Stars on Tuesday, as he replaced Modise late in the game, with the crafty midfielder looking worse-for-wear as he was stretchered off the field.

“I hope I have 18 players for Free State [Stars]. Tonight I had 19, but I believe we will come back again and we’ll survive,” he said.

Chiefs edged Orlando Pirates earlier in the day, momentarily going nine points clear at the top, but Downs ensured they kept pace with the log-leading Soweto giants, thanks to Modise's early strike which cut Amakhosi's advantage back to six.

“Sundowns has character and Sundowns is strong. We’ll still go on, we’re not going to drop the ball, we’ll keep going, irrespective and against all odds,” Mosimane concluded.

Read more on:    mamelodi sundowns  |  psl  |  pitso mosimane  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Mamelodi Sundowns v Cape Town City FC, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Bloemfontein Celtic v SuperSport United, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Friday, 05 January 2018
Wits v Free State Stars, Bidvest Stadium 20:00
Ajax Cape Town v Maritzburg United, Cape Town Stadium 20:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.