Pitso does not envy SuperSport

Mamelodi Sundowns

Following their CAF exploits last year, Sundowns have finally caught up their remaining domestic league fixtures, playing their 16th game midweek as they toppled Ajax Cape Town 2-1 in the Mother City.

Pretoria rivals SuperSport, who reached the final of the CAF Confederation Cup, are still three games behind in the Absa Premiership, having won just one of their eight games played since their aggregate loss to TP Mazembe. Mosimane has sympathised with their struggles.

“I’m happy we’ve dealt with those catch-up games, and we can properly focus,” he said. “I don’t envy SuperSport, because I know what happened to us last year – we had games in hand, and you can’t win all of them. It creates a lot of stress.”

Next up for Sundowns is a high-profile clash at home against Orlando Pirates, a team they dispatched 6-0 in the same fixture last season, yet despite their history, Mosimane insists the three points is all that matters to him.

“Now we’re playing a well-rested Orlando Pirates team with no injures this weekend, so in two days’ time, we have to regenerate and face a difficult team in another difficult game,” he said. “But I deal with what I have in front of me, which is three points – it’s the same, whether it’s Pirates or Ajax. So we dealt with this and move on, because we don’t know what will happen against Pirates.”

With a four-point lead at the top of the table, Mosimane refused to comment on where he sees his side’s biggest league challenge coming from, due to the volatile nature of the standings so far this season.

“I can’t comment on the clubs behind me, I can only comment on my team,” he said. “I don’t know about the clubs behind me, because in this league you can see: there’s a new team in second, third, fourth up to eighth, every week! You never know. So that’s not in our hands.”