Pretoria - Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane said his title ambitions will not be dashed by the fact that the Brazilians have squandered their games in hand.
Despite enduring a six game winless streak, the Brazilians defeated arch-rivals SuperSport United 1-0 to register a third consecutive triumph in an Absa Premiership encounter played at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
Hlompho Kekana’s second-half strike made the difference between the two sides as the reigning champions claimed a second win over Matsatsantsa in seven days following their 5-0 thumping last week.
Mosimane said at this stage of the campaign it is very significant for his charges to keep collecting all points on offer to stay in contention for the league title.
"Yes, we have squandered our games in hand and that’s a fact. Those games are no longer there but we are still on the race for the championship," said Mosimane.
"We have won 1-0 now and I’m happy with that after winning 1-0 again at the weekend. I have no problem with winning 1-0 but if it gets to 5-0 like the last time it would still be a bonus for us but at this stage three points are very vital.
"Tonight (Wednesday) we were playing against a well organised SuperSport United team."
The former Bafana Bafana mentor also extended his gratitude to the loyal Sundowns supporters for rallying behind the team despite a difficult period.
"I’m happy for the boys and the supporters as well. We failed to win six games in a row but they were with us throughout," said Mosimane.
"They have been very vocal, rallying behind the team and that really motivated us. I’m happy to see them smiling again."
The Brazilians remain in fourth place with two games in hand but are breathing down the necks of Kaizer Chiefs, Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City.
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