Highlands Park coach Thierry Mulonzo says Collins Mbesuma's injury held the side back
Posted: 24 May 2017 Time: 15:19
Highlands Park caretaker coach Thierry Mulonzo has pointed out that the injury suffered by veteran striker Collins Mbesuma is an underlying reason for the club's woes.
Mbesuma was signed during the off-season after leaving Mpumalanga Black Aces having won the Golden Boot during the 2015/16 season.
With Mbesuma not able to shoulder much of the goal scoring burden at the Lions of the North due to spending the bulk of the campaign sidelined, the debutants have struggled.
Highlands face an immediate return to the NFD as they are just a point above Baroka FC with 26 points from 29 matches going into their May 27 encounter against Mamelodi Sundowns.
Against Sundowns, given the strength of Pitso Mosimane's side, it's hard to imagine them getting a positive result from a game the Brazilians want to win in order to guarantee themselves re-entry to the Champions League.
Mulonzo, who stepped up after Gordon Igesund was relieved of his duties, has lamented Mbesuma's absence.
"The injury of Collins Mbesuma hasn't help us at all and he has virtually been out for six months," said Mulonzo.
"So when you lose a striker of Collins Mbesuma's calibre and you rely on youngsters to do the job for you... that was also the hiccup across the season.
"But you know what, they say better late than never and that 'late' will be on the 27th of May."
All the matches on Saturday will be played simultaneously at 15h00 to avoid any team gaining an advantage.