Pitso Mosimane has said that Mamelodi Sundowns have the much needed mental strength as well as the squad depth to retain the Absa Premiership title.
The coach went as far as reiterating that he has full confidence in his players to win the final five matches of the campaign to clinch the championship and topple current log leaders Kaizer Chiefs in the coming weeks.
Yesterday, Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza announced that this week’s matches would be suspended in light of the Coronavirus outbreak and that the board of governors would meet on Thursday to make a call on the remainder of the season.
Mosimane had told reporters at the weekend that Downs, the reigning champions, were not ready to give up their title just yet.
“As I’ve said, we have to keep the league going because we can’t let the league be decided now like in the UK. We have to keep it exciting. That’s why we talking about it and you writing about it. We have to keep this thing going until May, this thing you can’t drop it,” the coach told the media after Sundowns beat Highlands Park 1-0 in the quarter-finals of their Nedbank Cup clash in Tembisa.
He recalled how they clawed their way back into the race last season.
“At this point in time, last year when we were fighting with Orlando Pirates, I think we were seven or eight points behind and they had played two or three games more. So we managed to come back and win it – but games in hand are a problem. It’s never easy for anybody, even Wits have a mathematical chance to win. You should be smart. Even if you have a point, it can be a big point. Trust me, because other people might not get the point,” he said.
Mosimane also expressed belief in his players for the final stretch, which will now probably be delayed following the postponement of this week’s fixtures.
“I am happy that at home we are winning games now and I know we will go five in a row, that one I can guarantee you – the last five, we will go five in a row. It’s the mind, and we have the players,” the coach explained.