Pitso Mosimane confident Mamelodi Sundowns can reach 70 points to retain Absa Premiership title
Posted: 14 February 2017 Time: 09:34
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes his team are on course to emulate their Absa Premiership-winning points tally of last season.
Sundowns are currently in fifth place, with 25 points from 11 games, and trail log leaders Cape Town City by just six points, while still having six games in hand.
Mosimane says they are right on schedule, and slightly ahead of their tally at this stage last season, as he reveals his "formula" to retaining their league title.
“You know the vision and mission we have for the league. We can now talk about the league, because we know how to win it," said 'Jingles'.
“We have our blocks at this point in time. We are three points ahead of our programme from last year, when we got 71 points.
"In a block of five [games] we try to get 12 points. If you get 12 points in blocks of five then you will get to 72 points [after 30 games].”
The reigning Absa Premiership and CAF Coach of the Year feels the likes of Gavin Hunt and Steve Komphela are mislead by their belief of how many points it takes to win the league race.
Mosimane feels with the wide range of competition in the PSL at the moment, 60 points is a modest target if teams are targetting success, and instead believes anything over the 70-point mark is a safe bet.
"I know Gavin Hunt doesn't agree with me, and Steve Komphela, they have their own mathematics," he added. "Last year they had their own mathematics, [while] our mathematics was right.
"Because two points per game? 60 points? Not in the PSL. Gone are those days.
”I saw SuperSport United winning the league with 55 or 56 points [between 2008 and 2010] because Chiefs, Pirates, Sundowns and Wits were not there ... Gone are those days.
"60 points – that formula showed it was not the right formula last year. I believe they changed the formula now. The league is going to [the team with] 70 points-plus."
Mosimane also reserved a message for Matsatsantsa mentor Stuart Baxter, who has predicted that Downs will not acquire the same number of points they achieved last season.
“I don’t know if anybody is going to 72 points, I don’t think we will go to 72 points – that’s what Stuart Baxter said. He said Sundowns will not get the points they got last year, and Gavin Hunt also said that.
"But I am saying I also don’t think they will get to the number of points they got last year – that's my opinion [on them]. That was their own opinion [of Sundowns], let's see … here we go!" he concluded.