Draw‚ draw‚ draw as 84 PSL games drawn
Soccer How will you win if you play to lose? asks Pitso Mosimane
● Effervescent Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says “withdrawal” football will have a detrimental effect on Bafana Bafana.
In the aftermath of their hard-fought 1-0 win against Maritzburg United at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday night‚ Mosimane said draws in the Premier Soccer League could have an adverse effect on the national team.
There have been 84 draws in the PSL so far this season with Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates having drawn the most games, eight apiece, while Baroka FC‚ Chippa United and Kaizer Chiefs have drawn seven each.
“If there are two match days in succession and there are not enough goals‚ it’ll bring the topic of the lack of goals and it’s justified at the time‚” Mosimane said.
“However‚ I see things differently and I like what Cavin Johnson said in terms of coaches who play not to lose.
“Who wants to lose? I don’t want to lose but if you don’t attack‚ how will you win?
“If your game is 70% defence and 30% attack‚ are you going to use 30% attack to score and what if the other team is organised? We’re all afraid to lose our jobs‚” Mosimane said.
Sundowns may be leading the table by five points but they have drawn the least matches (one) of all teams, while recording the eight wins that have pushed them to the summit with two games in hand.
“It’s not good for Bafana Bafana because we all withdraw and we play withdrawal football.
“It’s scary because you have to build from the back and if you’re a big team you have to build from the back.
“Not all teams, build from the back and, in the second half of the season‚ it’s going to be worse because we’ll all be scraping for points. “It’s going to be draw‚ draw‚ draw. “Hence, when you win two games‚ you’ll find yourself in second position because we don’t want to play and don’t want to lose.”
Mosimane promised not to take his foot off the pedal, despite having a comfortable lead. Their last two matches are at home against Bloemfontein Celtic on Friday and Cape Town City on Tuesday.
Because of their recent excellence in the CAF Champions League‚ Sundowns have a bye for next year’s preliminary round in February.
However‚ that clemency has not been extended to defending league champions Wits‚ who have a two-leg tie against Mauritian outfit Pamplemousses SC on the second and third weekends of February.
Mosimane said teams had to earn their byes in continental tournaments.
Sundowns will face the winners of the Rayon Sports (Rwanda) and Lydia Ludic Burundi Académic Football Club (LLB Academic FC) tie. Should Wits proceed‚ they will face Clube Desportivo de Agosto of Angola or Zimbabwe’s FC Platinum.
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