Absa Premiership

Mosimane: Everyone has a destination picked

2016-12-22 12:27
Pitso Mosimane (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says his squad are excited for their holiday, having not taken a break since clinching the Premiership title in May.

The Brazilians have enjoyed a successful yet strenuous football schedule this year, having competed in the CAF Champions League and subsequently the FIFA Club World Cup.

The former Bafana Bafana mentor says the three-week break will offer his side the chance to recharge their batteries as they look to retain their league title.

"We are excited," Mosimane told the Cape Times.

"If you ask the players where they are going, everyone has a destination picked. For three weeks they are going to relax. We have another three weeks to prepare before we resume our domestic league (on 8 February).

"You can understand the excitement when we think of six weeks of not having to play football. We can’t wait," he added.

Mosimane has his sights set on ending their year on a positive note with victory against Baroka, as Sundowns travel to Polokwane to face the relegation-threatened side on Thursday. 

"Do I believe we can win against Baroka? Of course. Do I think we can beat Bloemfontein Celtic when we come back from the break? Of course. This team has that character," he said.

Mosimane also warned that games-in-hand do not equate to games won and that Masandawana will experience a few hiccups later in the season, as their schedule becomes fuller.

"Games in hand are not games won.

"We won the league with a record 71 points and scored 55 goals. It was unbelievable, but I doubt we can do it again because of the kind of programme we have had in this calendar year.

"Cracks will show later when the Nedbank Cup comes around because that is the only trophy left to fight for when not in the running for the league.

"I am not worried about consistency because of our mentality," he concluded.

Sundowns-Baroka match kicks off at 18:00.

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