Head coach Pitso Mosimane, however, says it is okay for them not to be at their best at all times. Mosimane described Downs’ performance as “sloppy” when his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Cape Town City on Tuesday night in the capital city.
“We should accept we are not going to play well in every game, it was a bit sloppy but it is okay. We can’t have a problem because we drew,” said Mosimane.
“I am not unhappy with the point if I look at the way the game went. I can be unhappy we did not win but we must be realistic and say they played well and we need to give them credit and they held on,” he adds.
The bigger picture for Masandawana is the Caf Champions preliminary match against Congo Brazzaville side Otoho d’Oyo, whom they face on Saturday needing to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit. Mosimane is happy he will have a couple of days to prepare for the match.
“At least I have got a little bit of time to prepare for the Champions League. I think it is good to have games pushed back (to Tuesday) for us and Pirates, because those weekend games are national agenda games, they are important for the country.”
He adds: “We played well against them when it was 10 against 11 (when Keletso Makgalwa was off the pitch injured) and we even managed to score. They are strong boys, they (Otoho) will sit back and park the bus, and we know the story. But we have to go around it, we can dismantle it and hopefully the boys will be fresher. They are doing regeneration today and tomorrow we must give them an off day. They must rest, then on Friday we just restart the engine and on Saturday we play.
“I think we should be able to score a goal or two but it is not going to be easy, we have to break the ice.
“But if we score early it will be much better because they cannot then sit back, they will have to come out and play.”