Pitso Mosimane laments heavy fixture schedule for Sundowns
Posted: 9 April 2017 Time: 10:46
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane prefers not to make excuses but admits he is not sure how much longer his team can keep playing football non-stop.
This comes after Sundowns were booted out of the Nedbank Cup by Golden Arrows at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.
The Brazilians, who are also involved in the CAF Champions League, are faced with eight matches this month including the domestic league.
Mosimane believes the tight schedule is not fair for the welfare of his players but says they are ready to soldier on.
“I don’t like excuses because once you make excuses you are opening a can of worms, especially for myself. Look, some things happen for a reason,” said Mosimane.
“I don’t know, the schedule you know. I mean we have so many games. We had six games in the Champions League in group stages. You put another six to win the Champions League. You put four against Wits. You put two in Japan with the travelling. When I said against Wits, I’m meaning for the top eight [MTN8].
“We try to go the furthest even in this one [Nedbank Cup], we put two more games. You must not forget how many internationals [in between]. You can calculate how many they are now.
“For other clubs the league is long finished. We played more than 30 games, the league is finished [for other teams]. It is the way it is. We are an ambitious team, we try more, we want more.
”Unfortunately the people to suffer is not me, or the supporters, but the players. I see we would [say we should] start early after December because of no Cup of Nations, maybe start 5th or 7th [January], there is no rest for us.
“When other people are on a break resting, we keep playing football. It’s not good for the welfare of my players. I don’t know if we can go two years in a row, we will see, maybe we have to buy another team.”