Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes his side would be playing better if midfield star Bongani Zungu was fit.
Zungu suffered a shin injury at the beginning of the year, limiting him to just 13 Premiership starts for the Brazilians this season.
In his absence, the former Bafana Bafana coach has tried a number of combinations in the middle of the park to try and find a suitable replacement for the 23-year-old midfielder.
"Zungu is very important player we have lost," Mosimane said.
"You can see in the midfield, every game I am changing - its Bangaly [Soumahoro], [Tiyani] Mabunda, [Mzikayise] Mashaba, because Zungu was the most important player for us. I believe if Zungu was around we would not be still fighting for the League.
"He could have also helped us lot in the CAF Champions League with his experience, and even in the Nedbank Cup. Zungu was a big loss and to replace him is not easy."
With just three games left to play, 'Downs boast a six-point lead at the top of the league standings, and face neighbours University of Pretoria in their next Premiership encounter on Wednesday night.
Kick-off is at 19:30.