Papi Zothwane says Sundowns discovered structure under Pitso
Former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Papi Zothwane says under Pitso Mosimane the Pretoria-based side have far more structure than before.
Zothwane recalls the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons when Sundowns were managed by Hristo Stoichkov and Antonio Lopez Habas and believes the team would have fared better had Mosimane been at the helm.
Sundowns came second in two consecutive seasons during that spell with SuperSport United, under Gavin hunt, claiming the Premiership title.
“I can’t say there is huge gap between us and this Sundowns side,” Zothwane tells KickOff.com.
“I think it was matter of luck on our side because we came second in 2009/10 and the following season and we were competing for the league title.”
“We stood at the top in the last four games as the number one and we lost it [in 2009/10]. The other season in 2010/11 we came number two again so it was matter of luck but I’m happy to see Sundowns now doing well. I can see their structure and it is the structure that the club has been craving for many years now.
“I think the club needed to have a coach like Pitso Mosimane who knows what Sundowns wanted. Pitso knows what he is doing -you can see by the results- and the technical team they have is very strong.”
Zothwane also adressed concerns over the mammoth workload the Sundowns players have to contend with as they prepare themselves for a two-legged CAF semi-final, a two-legged MTN 8 semi-final and their league obligations.
“A job is a job and yes you will feel that fatigue when you’re playing so many matches on the trot,” he said. “But as a player for you it is a passion.
“From my side I would be delighted because I will have a lot of matches to play.”
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