Lack of goals con­cerns Mosi­mane

Pitso heaps praise on Bucs be­fore en­counter

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Go­molemo Motshwane

Mamelodi Sun­downs will put their im­pres­sive un­beaten streak on the line against the very team that handed them their last de­feat.

The last time the Brazil­ians suf­fered a loss in the league was back in Jan­uary at the hands of Or­lando Pi­rates (3-1).

Since then the eight-time Pre­mier­ship cham­pi­ons have had a run of 22 games with­out tast­ing de­feat with 12 wins and 10 draws in the league.

The Tsh­wane out­fit and the Buc­ca­neers will take cen­trestage once again in a re­match at Lof­tus Vers­feld to­mor­row (3.30pm).

Sun­downs coach Pitso Mosi­mane con­ceded that it will be an­other en­ter­tain­ing en­counter against the Soweto giants who he feels are even stronger than they were the last time they met.

“Of course, they are the favourites and the facts are there. Look at their past few games... we are in teething stage,” Mosi­mane said.

“We are a team in tran­si­tion but that is part of foot­ball... it’s not an ex­cuse. It will be a dif­fi­cult game for us and they are a good team which is free-flow­ing and are con­fi­dent.

“They play with so much en­ergy, they are fear­less and con­fi­dent, and it’s un­be­liev­able. Prob­a­bly, we will have a thriller and why not?”

Mosi­mane also com­pared the form of both teams, say­ing that the dif­fer­ence was that his team tends to be goal-shy while Pi­rates are free-scor­ing.

“Our chal­lenge is the num­ber of goals we score, but on goals con­ceded we have not had a prob­lem there, our de­fence is good.

“Their strength is at­tack­ing and scor­ing goals and score more than any­body else in the league.

“The coach [Mi­lutin Sre­do­je­vic] has an im­pres­sive CV.”

Five points ahead of the cham­pi­ons, Pi­rates could stretch their mar­gin fur­ther but a de­feat would be dis­as­trous as Sun­downs still have three games in hand on the league lead­ers.

See page 38

/ SYD­NEY MAHLANGU / BACKPAGEPIX

Sun­downs coach Pitso Mosi­mane says Or­lando Pi­rates are stronger now com­pared to the last time the two teams met.

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