Mamelodi Sundowns and Moroka Swallows kick off the resumption of the Premier Soccer League following the Africa Cup of Nations tournament Tuesday at the Lucas Moripe Stadium – and coach Pitso Mosimane has declared that the league title is not out of reach for his side which is currently lying second on the log.
At a media conference held at the Premier Soccer League (PSL) ahead of the resumption of the league, the coach told media that his charges will do all that is necessary and possible to keep their title hopes alive.
“We’ve been on this road before but what is important is that we do what we did last year. We need to focus on our game and take it match by match because that’s the only thing we have control over,” he said as he threw down the gauntlet for the other title contenders.
“At this stage it is very important to grind out results and not undermine any team. It won’t always be fancy. I have confidence in my squad because I know they can grind out results just like they did last season”
The coach also gave his assessment of Themba Zwane and Bongani Zungu’s condition after the pair came back from the Africa Cup of Nations.
“We had the opportunity to assess the two players coming back from national duty with Bafana and because they didn’t play we might decide not to rush them but we’ll see”
“The good thing though is that we have a lot of players in these positions who we have worked with and prepared while they were away. For example we have Hlompho Kekana, Surprise Moriri or Kudakwashe Mahachi who have really been working hard”
Mosimane reiterated his point about his side’s chances in the second round, but one thing was very clear, Sundowns are still in it to win it.
“I have seen Sundowns squander a twelve point lead in the past and I have seen Bayern Munich get only one point from six matches but I have also seen the very same Sundowns fight back from an eleven points deficit.”