Pitso: I miss drum beat of Downs fans

Premiership

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has conceded that he is missing the drum beat and the noise of the Masandawana supporters.

PSL matches restarted last weekend without the presence of the fans at the stadiums due to the Covid-19 rules and regulations.

Sundowns hosted Orlando Pirates for the first time at their new home venue of Dobsonville Stadium on Tuesday in front of empty grandstands.

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"Football without supporters is not a game," Mosimane told the media ahead of his side's clash with Highlands Park.

"I mean especially when you feel the silence and especially when you observe the moment of silence just 30 seconds before and 30 seconds after. It's so quiet and you feel the void left by the supporters.

"We miss the supporters. Football will never be the same. We are just adjusting and following the protocols, rules and regulations that lives matter most.

"We can't wait, especially at Sundowns. We can't wait to hear the drum beat. Yah, we missed them."

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Dobsonville will be empty again today and Mosimane is expecting another physical battle against Owen Da Gama's Lions of the North (18h00).

"You can ask any team in the PSL, Highlands Park are tough customers. It's also a giant-killer, you must know that," added Mosimane.

"You must know that it's a team that is very strong, a team that works very hard, a team that is committed, a team that we all know that you earn your win, you really earn your win.

"You can't just win, you fight. Sometimes with Highlands Park it's more than the tactics."

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Three points for Sundowns would move them to just a point behind leaders Kaizer Chiefs, whom they currently trail by four points with a game in hand.

The Brazilians have been boosted by the return from suspension of midfield playmaker Gaston Sirino.

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