Draw‚ draw‚ draw as 84 PSL games drawn

Soc­cer How will you win if you play to lose? asks Pitso Mosi­mane

The Times (South Africa) - - Sport - By KHANYISO TSHWAKU

● 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.

Pic­ture: AFP Photo

HEADS I WIN Manch­ester United's Bel­gian striker Romelu Lukaku heads the ball past Bournemouth’s Dutch de­fender Nathan Ake to score dur­ing an English Premier League match at Old Traf­ford. United emerged 1-0 win­ners

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