Mamelod Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane happy to keep the pressure on Absa Premiership title rivals Orlando Pirates
Posted: 9 April 2018 Time: 19:30
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has faith the Absa Premiership leaders have the legs to carry them over the line this season ahead of closest rivals Orlando Pirates.
Sundowns, who meekly relinquished league honours to Bidvest Wits last term after drawing four of their final five league games, are four points clear of Pirates at the summit with five matches left.
Bucs coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic has repeatedly downplayed his side's title prospects but Mosimane suspects the Sea Robbers are starting to feel the pressure in the home stretch of the campaign.
"I don't know, it's not an easy one to say what happened last year," said Mosimane when asked about what went wrong in 2016/17.
"I know what happened, we didn't have the legs, we had a lot of injuries. We had about six players out in the last five games. We drew Baroka, we drew Platinum Stars, we drew Highlands, we drew Maritzburg 2-2. So if you play the last five games and have four draws, you can't win the title.
"But it's good, now we exchange the load with Orlando Pirates, and I'm happy that Micho spoke about it finally now when they played Celtic. I've been waiting for that statement. He said when playing Celtic the guys were a little bit nervous because they had to win, they knew they could not draw. They could not be normal and play their normal game."
He added: "They pass the monkey on us, we pass it to them. You know that's the way it is. The most experienced team will prevail. You know they say it's our title. Musa Nyatama says it's our title. Micho spoke so nice about me, yeah okay, he's a good guy. I've also known him for long. He gave me Denis Onyango 10 years back. You know brilliant, but the monkey's on his back now. Let's see if they can... they can't draw, we can draw."