Absa Premiership

Pitso wants Wits to score but 'Downs must score more

2016-09-30 18:30
Gavin Hunt and Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Pitso Mosimane wants Bidvest Wits to hit the back of the net in their MTN8 Cup final, but his Mamelodi Sundowns must score more.

The two sides face each other at the Mbombela Stadium in the Top 8 decider on Saturday.

At the pre-match press conference held on Thursday, Mosimane was full of praise for Gavin Hunt's side but knows his charges will show up come match-day.

With both Wits and Sundowns' Premiership midweek matches being postponed, Mosimane also feels that both sides will be well rested for the game. 

“Today was our second day training after the game, the little chance we get, we use it to rest. We’re playing against a very strong team which is well rested, everyone is resting,” Mosimane said as quoted by Soccer Laduma.

“We have all the numbers, we have players coming back to strengthen the team. We have an edge to know how to play this games, we used to playing big games and we know how to switch on the volume.

“We play to see what’s on the table and we respond. I respect the strengths of the opponents. I try to tell the guys never personalise things because that’s where ego comes in."

“I try to make the team happy by lifting the trophies."

Mosimane and Hunt have previously both mentored SuperSport United with Mosimane not experiencing the kind of accolades Hunt has at the club. The Sundowns coach lead United to SAA Super 8 (now known as the MTN8) and the Nedbank Cup in 2004 and 2005 respectively. 

Meanwhile, following Mosimane's exit in 2007 Hunt took over the reigns at Matsastansta and guided the Pretoria side to three consecutive League titles between 2007 and 2010.

Both coaches have since moved on and are now firmly looking to dent their names in the history books but Mosimane is adament that winning the final is not about him or Hunt.

"It’s not about me and Gavin, it’s about what’s in my hands. I’ve been blessed.

"I’ve done the things that other coaches haven’t done. You need players who are able to solve tactical challenges.

"I’d like Wits to score goals but I want to score more than them,” Masandawana’s head coach concluded.

Kick-off is at 17:00.

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