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Pitso: Extra-Time Could Have Cost Us The League

Pitso Mosimane Feels Nedbank Cup May Have Derailed Mamelodi Sundowns' Absa Premiership Title Bid

By Soccer Laduma - Apr 23, 2018 02:30 PM
Pitso Mosimane admits extra-time against Maritzburg United on Sunday could have played a detrimental role in Mamelodi Sundowns' Absa Premiership title push.  
 
Sundowns and United went toe-to-toe at Harry Gwala Stadium for a place in the Nedbank Cup final, with the sides evenly matched for 70 minutes of the encounter, before goalscorer Gaston Sirino was red carded to leave the Brazilians at a disadvantage. 
 
 
It would eventually prove telling as the Team of Choice scored twice in the closing minutes to seal a 3-1 victory and set up a final against Free State Stars at Cape Town Stadium on May 19.
 
For Mosimane, the result was bittersweet, with the coach ultimately willing to sacrifice cup glory for a fully-fit Absa Premiership squad ahead of their final three games of the season, which start with a rematch against Maritburg at the same venue on Wednesday.
 
Speaking of the turning point in Sunday's game, when Sirino was sent off, Mosimane told SuperSport: "What are you going to do? Do we sit back, or do we attack? We put Keletso (Makgalwa) on (as a substitute) to go attack. We don't sit back. It's not in our culture. 
 
 
"We try and press the ball and we stole one ball there from Themba Zwane, I think you could see Percy (Tau) on the edge of the box, he could have equalised, but I'm happy that we didn't go to extra-time because we need the legs for the game on Wednesday."
 
Sundowns enter this week's round of league fixtures holding a six-point lead over title challengers Orlando Pirates, meaning victory over the KZN side this time around could all but seal the league trophy for the Tshwane giants.
 
The Buccaneers, meanwhile, are also in action on Wednesday in a simultaneous 19:30 kick-off at Orlando Stadium, against outgoing champions Bidvest Wits, who have top-eight aspirations and who will be looking to end an otherwise flat campaign on a high.
 

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Snovie.com Joined: 24 Apr 2018
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Snovie.com Apr 24, 2018 12:29 PM
Guyz leave our coach Pitso alone he knws wat he doing, if u can see the lyk of Zidane at Real Madrid in last two games he rest the lyks of Ronaldo, Isco, Modric he's 4 champs game, why u guyz blame Pitso 4 doing that
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Mdu Mpansi Apr 24, 2018 10:12 AM
This is why our players don't make it abroad because coaches are protecting them form games these guys are professionals like in Europe where you play three games in one week with lots of travelling too.We mustn't condone what Pitso is saying here if we do that means no player wants to beat Daine Klate as the most decorated player in SA.
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kaboyellow.com Apr 24, 2018 04:29 AM
He's the best in Africa
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fisto vs zebraditor Apr 23, 2018 07:23 PM
The best successful coach in Africa has spoken
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mloe Joined: 23 Aug 2016
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mloe Apr 23, 2018 05:29 PM
When he is doing good things its not him,when he looses its him,they praised Mokoena now its Mnqithi when the team wins,but now its Micho at Pirates not Rhulani hate Pitso but he is the best in Africa we all know that but we disagree to agree
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Myaka weliPhefeni Apr 23, 2018 05:20 PM
Loool when u wll accept the lose straight?Fadlu is better than u jst that u hiding urself behind Mnqithi,he he he i cn laugh all day if rats cn catch this league under ur nose bcz u think already this league its in ur bag
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SowetoBOY Apr 23, 2018 05:06 PM
Every time Pitsa fails to win something he is quick to be little it,what a sore looser this is just the beginning more is yet to come he will answer for the so called big ones should he fail to win them.
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starring@81 Apr 23, 2018 05:01 PM
mxm,this frog!!
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45calibre Apr 23, 2018 04:56 PM
the best coach who can't win a single treble has spoken
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FIFA behind chiefs Apr 23, 2018 04:38 PM
we u dont care about nedbank u should play the likes of lebese laffor ngoma and other frogs
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Gustin Sirino Apr 23, 2018 04:32 PM
We would have loved to play in the final but we are Sundowns we will always choose the league over any cup
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chaledi Apr 23, 2018 04:29 PM
The best coach in Africa has spoken. The league is more important than the nedbank
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scoreman99 Apr 23, 2018 04:21 PM
so if Tsekeleke doesn't care so much about NetBank like he care for league can we say the same about Dunu fans or anyone who associate Dunu family?
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scoreman99 Apr 23, 2018 04:19 PM
@Buccaneer 4 lyf tsekeleke hahaha lol
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Daddy1 Apr 23, 2018 04:12 PM
People say Pitso talks too much; what do you expect him to do when journalists interview him?. You want him to keep quite say nothing?. That's childish. We're Sundowns supporters and we want to hear what he says. Maybe it's Soweto of life to say nothing
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Daddy1 Apr 23, 2018 04:05 PM
Sandowns vision is to conquer champion league. We're a champion league and we're not that worried loosing in these plastic cups. We move on and get back to the big fish. We can't allow these pre-season-like cups get over our heads, no!
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45calibre Apr 23, 2018 04:02 PM
careful mr pitso,the more you talk the less you know.
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Daddy1 Apr 23, 2018 03:59 PM
We're Sundowns and we're the champion league team. Our vision is champion league.
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dlaminincamiso9 Apr 23, 2018 03:50 PM
@Buccaneer 4 lyf you guys are too emotional mara, Pitso is speaking the truth but because you hate since he preventing your team from winning the league you claim he is complaining aii frustration must be killing Build it fc fans
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Daddy1 Apr 23, 2018 03:44 PM
Honestly, Soweto teams don't understand that at Yello there are two importnt trophies we value more important, i.e league and champion league. Winning yesterday game meant more games to focus on. You can never understand this if you're still msansi for sure team with all your focus on these plastic cups. Sundowns have two big fish to focus on and can't let these zambug cups disturb them. We wanted to add a trophy but not that badly like Soweto plastics. We can't afford to let these Zamburg to games disrupt our focus. At Downs, league & champion league are the big fish. These plastic cups are for teams like Zebras and other 14 teams, hence you saw Zebras storming the pitch because it's their biggest fish to catch. We're Sundowns and we're the champion league team.

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