Absa Premiership

Pitso: Defensive football not good for SA

2017-12-15 13:07
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says that an overly cautious defensive approach by teams in the league could have an adverse effect on the national team.

Goals have generally been hard to come by in the top flight this season and there have been numerous 0-0 draws, leading Mosimane to feel that some coaches are more worried about losing rather than proactively trying to win matches.

"I like what Cavin Johnson (AmaZulu coach) said. He says most of us coaches play not to lose and we are conservative," Mosimane said.

"It's true, who wants to lose? But if you don't attack, how are you going to win? If your game is 70% defence and 30% attack, are you going to score from that 30%? We need to play," Mosimane explained.

And he believes that this negative approach could have a knock-on effect.

"I understand we are all afraid to lose our jobs. So am I. But we play withdrawal football and it's easy to do so, but for big teams this is scary because we still have to try and build from the back because our people want entertainment.

"This is dangerous for the national team because we are not building attackers. We will all be scraping for points in the second half of the season."

The Brazilians are top of the table and have netted the most goals in the league this season - 19 from 12 matches.

Sundowns take on Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in an Absa Premiership clash.

Kick-off is at 15:30.

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