Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane grants respect to Baroka and Golden Arrows
Posted: 19 October 2017 Time: 08:00
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says Baroka and Golden Arrows deserve their places on the log, but feels the real test will come when fixtures become congested.
A surprisingly unbeaten Bakgaga outfit currently lead the Absa Premiership standings, with 16 points from eight games thus far, as Abafana Bes’thende sit two points adrift in second spot.
Having lost to Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday night, Downs are some way behind in seventh position with nine points but still have games in hand.
Asked about the current standing of the two ‘small’ sides at the top, Mosimane granted his respect and admitted to the possibility that both Baroka and Arrows could pull a Cape Town City this season.
“It’s reality… We need to accept reality. Remember last year when Cape Town City popped up, everybody said, “Ja, it’s a question of time, they’ll come down’ – they stayed there, and they are now going to play in Africa next year,” said Mosimane.
“It’s reality, Baroka is doing well, you just have to say how many games you’ve played, how many you’ve lost and how many you’ve won – that’s been a fact.
“These things do happen – we lost against Polokwane City, who did very well and we lost – it’s a fact, it’s reality.”
However, ‘Jingles’ argued that the landscape could quickly change, as Arrows and Baroka’s management will be tested in the next few weeks when fixtures begin to come in thick and fast.
“You never know what’s going to happen, but always you’ll see the big boys come up again at the end – you know the story, especially when you start accumulating more games,” he said with a smirk.
“After these games we’ll have about six games in a row, with a game every three days. Depth, mentality, regeneration, how you train, how you play – you’ll see again things [on the log] start to shape differently.”