Pitso challenges Chiefs

Pitso Mosimane. Pic: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix.

Pitso Mosimane. Pic: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix.

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has fired his first salvo at Premiership champions Kaizer Chiefs, saying that if Amakhosi want to retain the title they will have to dig deeper.

The sides have a meeting on Saturday in a mouth-watering clash that has been touted as a possible title decider at the FNB Stadium, but Chiefs will first have to beat Golden Arrows tomorrow evening. Sundowns have played two games more than Chiefs.

Downs’ confidence was boosted by a 2-1 victory over their neighbours University of Pretoria at the weekend in match that saw the Pretoria giants join Chiefs at the summit of the Premiership, both on 49 points.

“My team have the integrity and have the will to go for it,” said Mosimane, “and we will go for it. Whoever wants to win it will have to earn it. We’re not going to give it to anybody on a silver platter.

“If we drop the ball, it is not going to be nice. So we need to keep it exciting, we are enjoying the pressure. I can tell you that my players are also enjoying the stress.

“So the game against AmaTuks was a tough game. We wanted three points and we got it. It was not a walk in the park, so I’m not disappointed with the result and performance.”

Mosimane added that the need to keep the league exciting is not only for the players on the pitch but also for the fans in the stands. Downs would have gone to the top had they won 3-0 against AmaTuks, but Mosimane insisted that the results still favoured his side and put Sundowns in a better position.

“We have a game on Saturday, we will give our best, and we will fight,” said Mosimane.

AmaTuks coach Steve Barker said Chiefs still have the upper hand in winning the league.

“At one stage Chiefs were looking like they would run away with it,” said Barker. “They still probably have the front foot in terms of games in hand. I do think that this Saturday’s encounter will go a long way to deciding who will win the league.”




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