Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane went to great lengths during his post-match press conference after their cup win against AmaZulu yesterday to drum it into his players that their next game, not the Kaizer Chiefs encounter on Sunday, was more important.
The Brazilians host Highlands Park in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday, but talk around town has already been on their clash with Amakhosi four days later at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, which has peeved the coach.
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After Downs hammered AmaZulu 5-0 to progress to the quarter-finals of the Telkom Knockout, the coach told journalists that he’d already asked his players to stay switched on their game against the “hard running” Highlands Park, not Chiefs.
“The Highlands Park game has three points if you win, and the Chiefs game has three points if you win. If you start focusing on the Chiefs game you are being emotional,” Mosimane said.
“You must win Highlands game, that is our big game. Chiefs is not our big game. After the Highlands game, probably my talk will change. But at the moment it’s Highlands Park. We played them last year and never won. Nobody scores easy against them. Hard runners, with (Peter) Shalulile on form and (Rodney) Ramagalela wants to play against us and he scores against us. I told the guys, I hope nobody talks about Kaizer Chiefs.”
Mosimane further argued that they did not have to beat Amakhosi on Sunday or at any point for that matter, to retain the championship.
“I told you guys last year, you don’t have to beat Chiefs to win the league. Our objectives is to win the league, to beat Chiefs is bragging rights and everyone is waiting for that game, we understand. But we’ve got to do the business first and count the points at the end. We cannot be emotional, otherwise we will lose our objective,” the coach told journalists.
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