Michaelson Gumede
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8 Nov 2016
12:07 pm

It’s good that we’re out – Pitso

Michaelson Gumede

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes his side’s elimination from the Telkom Knockout cup is a blessing in disguise.

Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City at Loftus Stadium. (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

The Brazilians were sent packing by crosstown rivals SuperSport United in a 3-1 penalty shootout, meaning Downs will not defend their title, but the 52-year-old mentor looks on the brighter side.

Sundowns are currently second from bottom after playing three games in the Absa Premiership while most of their counterparts have played up to eight games. Mosimane is ready to begin the catch-up marathon.

“Somehow when you want to make an excuse, you say it is better and let’s be out of the cup and let’s catch up on the five games that we are behind on the log and move on. I think it is good for the league that we are out so that we should play and catch up,” said the former Bafana Bafana coach.

After winning the Caf Champions League, Masandawana will represent the continent in the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan this December, and Mosimane said his troops were waiting in eager anticipation of Fifa’s elite club competition, saying they would fancy their chances in the TKO when it came around next season.

“But I must be honest also, the players are also thinking about playing in the world cup, it is big, you can’t have your cake and eat it. If you have to leave the Telkom and look for something bigger to look forward to, it is not that we lost and then we say this one is small, no, let’s get it right. But it is okay, we accept Telkom, we will play again next year without any qualification, as long as we are in the Premier Soccer League, we will play Telkom next year,” he said.