Pitso rants on matters off the pitch
WHEN Nedbank and the Absa Premiership arranged for the Nedbank Cup round of eight press conference for yesterday, they thought the Mamelodi Sundowns coach would speak about his side’s chances in the competition and how he will play against Cape Town City.
But the coach had a number of things irritating him that he could not wait to unload with every question asked.
Even with questions that put him in a good light, such as being part of four top African coaches to have a CAF pro licence and leading Sundowns into the Champions League, Pitso Mosimane found a chance to address issues that he was unhappy with.
Top of list was Sundowns playing eight matches across three competitions in 28 days. That is a game just over every three days. Sundowns may lose their advantage at the top of the PSL log if Fifa is to rule in favour of Ajax Cape Town over fielding Tendai Ndoro.
Should that happen, Orlando Pirates will have three more points and three extra goals – shooting them to the top of the log.
Analysts on SuperSport channel have suggested that Maritzburg United’s Fadlu Davids wins the PSL coach of the season over Mosimane and midfielder Siphesihle Ndlovu wins player of the season ahead of Sundowns’ Percy Tau.
That has made Mosimane so angry that he said the PSL can give Davids the award as he does not need it, having won it in the past.
“I have also heard that someone else must be player of the season ahead of Percy. They should give Percy that award. He is scoring for Sundowns, scoring for Bafana. He is assisting as well.
“People were campaigning for who’s going to be player of the year. Unbelievable – people have got agendas‚ it’s not funny,” Mosimane said.
He then spoke about his team’s fixture schedule that starts in a Nedbank Cup quarterfinal against Cape Town City at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday at 3.30pm. “We have eight games in 28 days. I looked at the fixture list and said ‘wow, what is happening now?’
“I know that when it comes to the final stages of the season, it is going to be tough. Things are going to happen and things are happening already.
“It tests my character and the character of my team. We are not new to this. The only challenge is that we are competing with well-rested teams. Pirates plays two matches in 17 days. We play nearly every four days,” Mosimane said.
UNHAPPY: Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane speaks about his team’s hectic schedule for the next 28 days.