Pitso rants on mat­ters off the pitch

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - SPORT - MMASEKEPE MATSEBANE mmasekepem@the­newage.co.za

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.

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