Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane warns of Free State Stars threat
Posted: 21 February 2018 Time: 14:00
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says having high-profile personnel in his squad does not mean they will walk all over Free State Stars at Loftus Stadium tonight.
The former Bafana Bafana coach has stressed the importance of working hard to overcome an Ea Lla Koto side that is usually solid at the back and can cause problems when they are on the attack.
Stars have been the surprise packages this season and currently sit in fourth place on the standings, six points behind leaders Sundowns.
Mosimane says he admires the work Stars coach Luc Eymael, a former Polokwane City mentor, is doing at the club.
“I told you three months back, when we were receiving awards for coach of the month and 'Keke' [Hlompho Kekana] won goal of the month, that coach Luc has done exceptionally well. You need to respect his work. His legacy stays at Polokwane City and look at where Free State Stars are,” Mosimane says.
“They play well and they score goals. They work hard and they are very difficult to break down. They have strong boys at the back and they have [Nhlanhla] Vilakazi and Paulus Masehe protecting the back four.
“Then there’s the fullbacks [Nyiko] Mobbie and 'Boka' [Patrick Phungwayo]. [Siphelele] Mthembu is doing well and who can forget about [Sinethemba] Jantjie? The boy from AmaZulu [Goodman Dlamini] is also scoring goals. That shows they have a good team.
“What’s important for us is to win the game, so we need to work hard. We can’t rely on high-profile personnel and think that will make us win. No, we need to work hard because your quality does not guarantee you a win.”
It’s a game Sundowns are looking to win before they take on Tshwane rivals SuperSport United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday (18h00).
“We have two big games in four days. One is a local derby against SuperSport and the other one, the first one, is against a difficult Free State Stars team. The position on the league says who they [Stars] are. Who would have thought that Free State Stars can be where they are? It’s not six or seven games, it’s 21 [Ed: 20] games. It’s unbelievable,” Mosimane says.
Kick-off is at 19h30.