There seems to be a change of tune for the coach of Mamelodi Sundowns, Pitso Mosimane, as far as going for everything on offer is concerned, with regards to the trophies available in the PSL, if some of his recent comments in the media are anything to go by.
Following Sundowns' loss to Baroka FC last weekend in the quarter-final of the prestigious Telkom Knockout, Mosimane told the media that the Brazilians cannot be expected to win every match they play.
The coach told the media, in part, “I know that we want the Telkom Knockout, but you can’t win them all. Will you win everything? No. It’s okay. It’s a league cup. We’ve got to move on. We’ve got the league, which is more important. We also have the Champions League which starts in four weeks’ time, so we’ve got to focus. You can’t have everything.”
Downs defeated Free State Stars 3-1 at the Loftus Stadium on Wednesday evening, as Mosimane and his team shifted their focus back to their Absa Premiership campaign.
However, it cannot be ignored that Mosimane previously indicated that it was his aim to win every trophy on offer for the Chloorkop outfit.
In April this year, while Sundowns were still competing for the CAF Champions League and also in the running for the Absa Premiership title, as well as the Nedbank Cup, the coach indicated that he would not prioritise one competition over any other.
Mosimane said to the media, in part, at the time, “I know sometimes it backfires when you say you want all trophies and end up getting nothing. Or you say you will go for one just to manage the supporters and the expectations. For my own motivation and confidence, I’d say I am going for everything. We have done it before and there is nothing stopping us from doing it once more. That’s the reference for me.”
The Brazilians went on to win only the league title, after falling short in the Champions League and in Nedbank Cup.
So far this season, Downs have only the league and Nedbank Cup remaining to play for on the domestic front, after missing out on the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout.
Mosimane confirmed after Downs’ loss to Baroka, that the team is already gearing themselves for the Champions League.
“The boys were texting each other while watching the CAF Champions League final on Friday, saying that we should have been there. That’s the space we operate in, at an international level. We represent you as South Africa to make sure that you get the rankings to have two teams in the Champions League and two teams in the CAF Confederation Cup like Orlando Pirates have done.
"But I understand that here at home we care more about the domestic competitions. We don’t know international football, most of us. A lot do. You ask me if I want to win the Champions League or the Telkom Knockout? You know the answer. The star on top of the badge is the biggest thing ever. If it’s easy, then how many teams have a star on top of their badge?” the coach told the media about Downs’ aspirations.