Michaelson Gumede
2 minute read
25 Nov 2016
1:14 pm

Mosimane anticipates defensive Highlands

Michaelson Gumede

Pitso Mosimane is expecting another defensive opponent when Mamelodi Sundowns host Highlands Park in the Absa Premiership on Sunday afternoon.

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Sundowns have had to get used to teams sitting back and hitting them on the break, wary of the league champions and Caf Champions League winners’ attacking prowess.

“We have to try and go in there and score, otherwise everybody will be happy to get a point here. But you know the story – once you score your first goal, they must change tactics because they’ve been practicing the whole week to sit back, and now the goal is there,” said Mosimane.

Injuries forced the attacking pair of Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly to sit out on the 3-0 thumping of Golden Arrows in midweek, and it is unlikely they will have recovered in time for Sunday’s game.

“We have enough personnel to deal with Highlands, we cannot complain. Themba Zwane must play, he comes in and he scores. Mzikayise Mashaba must play, Leonardo Castro must get more game time.

“Maybe we need to bring Thabo Nthethe back to give a little bit of rest to Wayne Arendse, and Teko Modise is there, and Asavela Mbekile. I told them that I am trying so much to make them all happy and feel that they are part of the team.”

Masandawana have now registered three league wins on the trot, which gives Mosimane confidence that his side can repeat last season’s 19-game unbeaten streak.

“I think we are capable of having a nice run, if we just focus and concentrate, we are capable, but we are going to be stalled again when we go to Japan (for the Fifa Club World Cup). Our target was Polokwane City, Chiefs, Arrows, Highlands, and after Highlands it is Ajax – their tails are up, they have won – it will be a difficult one for us, and then (we have) Orlando Pirates, but we will see.”