Mosimane: Don't get emotional
Posted: 25 April 2018 Time: 16:00
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says now is not the time to get emotional with the Brazilians in touching distance of a record eighth PSL triumph.
Sundowns can win the league tonight with two games to spare if they beat Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium (19h30) and Orlando Pirates fail to defeat outgoing champions Bidvest Wits in a simultaneous fixture behind closed doors in Soweto.
Downs also have a score to settle with Maritzburg after losing 3-1 to the Team of Choice in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals at the same venue on Sunday, as well as in the MTN8 quarter-finals at the start of the season.
Mosimane's side won the reverse league tie 1-0 in December at Loftus Versfeld, gaining some measure of revenge for a 2-2 draw between the teams late last term, which effectively saw the Tshwane giants relinquish the crown to Wits.
"It is an important game for us today; a very, very important game," Mosimane says.
"We've got to do whatever we have to do to try and win the game here. Probably we may not win it, but get a point if you don't win it. So don't be emotional. It's three games, so get another three points from one of the rest. But we'll try and go and you know Sundowns...
"We had 10 against 11 [in the Nedbank Cup semis] and we controlled the game here. Did you see a difference? We played a basic game and we'll never withdraw. We'll go for it again."
Mosimane is annoyed he will be without injured defender Anele Ngcongca [ankle] and Uruguayan attacker Gaston Sirino, who was sent off by referee Victor Hlungwane on the weekend.
However, his influential skipper Hlompho Kekana returns from suspension to anchor the midfield.
"It'll have an impact because I lost two players. It'll be a big difference from our side.
"I don't care about losing the game but I care about losing Anele, I care about losing Sirino... that's the whole thing you know. I'm just so happy that the game didn't go to extra-time."