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Mamelodi Sundowns Pitso Mosimane defends his strikers ahead of the PSL match against Maritzburg United

Posted: 15 February 2013 Time: 10:03 am

Ahead of their match against Maritzburg United tonight, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says all his players have a responsibility to score.

Sundowns played to a goalless draw against Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Stadium on Tuesday night, but Mosimane says he is expecting a much improved performance from his players in the Windy City.

It will be the first time Mosimane will be facing United since taking over the coaching reins at Sundowns late last year, but he says he is well aware of the danger posed by strikers Cuthbert Malajila and Terrence Mandaza.

“It’s tough, we’re playing a very strong team in Maritzburg United,” Mosimane says.

“I think we all know what they are capable of, lots of counter attacks, lot of fresh legs and their strikers are quick. They fight, I saw them play against [Kaizer] Chiefs and [Orlando] Pirates, they are strong team and we are playing them away – it’s not going to be easy.

“We need energy but I hope they lost energy on Tuesday when they played AmaZulu. We will be up for the challenge.”

Despite them failing to get the ball past Itumeleng Khune at home on Tuesday, Mosimane defended Nyasha Mushekwi and Katlego Mphela.

“It’s difficult with ‘Killer’ because we’ve had games back to back and we need him, but I could see against Chiefs on Tuesday that he had no legs to finish the game. Nyasha did his best, he was still strong when I pulled him off, I just wanted a different combination. Maybe we could have got something.

“They’ve been scoring goals last year, Killer played about four games and scored two, Nyasha too, he is always there in the box, but against Chiefs it was difficult. But everyone must score, not only the strikers.”

Article by: Ernest Fakude

Previous comments on this story...

Mr T Wa Champ
posted: 10:11 am
Pitso play Manqele and Killer upfront
ramoss
posted: 10:16 am
bajese killa
Nebo
posted: 10:17 am
Horroroius friday movie at uMgungundlovu again ask Tortoise fc about de dem, dey knw dem very well.

" Friday II movie return " easy win for Maritzburg United here unless if Pitso will Partner
Henyekane and Manqele upfront and bring Mushekwi later put Mphela on pause for now.
El Sol
posted: 10:18 am
He's tired.. He smokes too much &deserves a 'break'..Henyekane uphi?
Maenyaenya
posted: 10:22 am
U must try zwane nd shongwe combinaxen and sangweni and kekana combinaxen
Mdurex
posted: 10:23 am
Mphela is rusty for good, he must forget dat he wil ever score again especial to Khune
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 10:31 am
Mphela...the assassin, the killer, the cyborg, the punisher, the henchman....

Hang in there buddy...kuzolunga. I cant wait for the day he dons the gold and black
Dikotsi
posted: 10:35 am
As long as Pitso thinks Mphela is the best striker in South Africa Sundowns is going nowhere. Manqele is 10 times better than Mphela, Mushweki 5 times.
Sanza da Fanatic!
posted: 10:35 am
Against Chiefs Mphela should have been subsitututed much earlier, the delay was obviously caused by the favouritism towards him, of course goals should come from anywhere but when a striker is not performing we need to do the necessary.
KC is National Defence Force
posted: 10:40 am
He is out of shape after the injury....he needs a special training program like the 'Chiefs 7'
but you cant expect that from sundowns as they are a mediocre club
Sanza da Fanatic!
posted: 10:46 am
Against Chiefs Mphela should have been subsituted much earlier, the delay was obviously caused by the favouritism towards him, of course goals should come from anywhere but when a striker is not performing we need to do the necessary.
Percinator
posted: 10:48 am
Nebo, you really love Chiefs hey, on Tuesday you were supporting Downs saying they will beat the mighty Amakhosi and today you now support Maritzburg against Downs and guess what, you mention Chiefs's name, ya ne!!
Mbuyiswa
posted: 10:48 am
Mphela mst b benched,he is nt match fit at all,he mst cm as sub.Upfront we nid to try new combination of Nyasha & Manqele or Manqele & Henyekane,we nyd to plan arnd dat.Zwane desev to start da game,he gt nice touches in the ball wt wining mentality.Kekana or Sangwenu shld replc Nyandoro dn we cn score goals.
Kappa
posted: 10:53 am
i wish pitso could start wit killer and hlokoloza haaayi nyasha is not on form lately...my opinion period.
Phefeni Glamour Girl
posted: 11:04 am
Mphela....Inyoka efile. As the Phefeni boy wld say ' AKUNAMUNTU LA"
Gucci Man
posted: 11:09 am
Yhaaa....this is the real machine
The Killer
The Punisher
The Executor
Inja emdaka.......

This is the striker.......sad that he's current struggling in terms of his fitness /form .
This is my Best & my #1 Striker in South Africa
Herbert "herbs" semenya
posted: 11:12 am
Dnt talk too much mr jungle oats,better start winning or else de yellow holigans wil chase you away from chloorkak
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 11:14 am
The guy needs a change...and that change is Kaizer Chiefs! We will turn him from a Killer to the Serial Killer! Constantly banging goals while he's cheered by millions of supporters world wide.

yes KC is international......we have fans in every country!
black and gold blood(khoziii)
posted: 11:16 am
everyone has goty a chance to score??? so that means everyone has a chance to be a goalkeeper...MPHELA IS DUIN NOTHING ON DE PITCH PITSO,HE MUST BE BENCHD OR ELESE BECUM A GOALKEEPER..and sori for your lose against maritzburg united in advanced.
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 11:16 am
Deadwood, Parker is 10 times better than this cow. Akusana nex la only a name is remaining.

K4L : let's hear
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