Pitso Mosimane accepts PSL decision to not postpone Sundowns fixtures

Pitso Mosimane accepts

Pitso Mosimane accepts PSL decision to not postpone Sundowns fixtures

Pitso Mosimane believes African flag bearers Mamelodi Sundowns have the capacity to get through their congested September fixture list despite receiving no help from the PSL.

Between this Sunday, September 11 and September 24, Sundowns will have to play five games which will include two two-legged semi-finals in the MTN8 and CAF Champions League along with a league match away at Maritzburg United.

The PSL rejected a request from Sundowns to postpone certain matches to help alleviate the domestic pressure as they go in search of another continental star for South Africa.

The PSL fixture list strangely still has Sundowns’ three league matches against Platinum Stars [September 21], Chippa United [September 25] and Bloemfontein Celtic [September 28] listed on their website even though they will clash with other competitions.

Pitso Mosimane accepts PSL decision to not postpone Sundowns fixtures

Mosimane has now accepted the situation and will take it on the chin before getting on with the work ahead.

“The main thing is to look at what is in front of you,” says ‘Jingles’.

“What’s coming in the next few days, our job right now is to look at what is coming in the next three days. Play that game to win that game. The focus is on the process, the end product will sort itself out. Focus on the process and the process is to win the game that is in front of you.

“Sundowns has the capacity to win the games that are in front, Sundowns has the capacity to win against Chippa, Sundowns had the capacity to win against SuperSport United, Sundowns has the capacity to win against Zesco.”

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The former Bafana Bafana trainer has chosen to avoid stimulating any confrontation with the PSL despite the fact that Sundowns have not been treated the way Orlando Pirates were when they reached the end of continental competitions in 2013 and 2015.

“You have to go on with the programme the way it is because you’ve got no other way to do it. This is what I have told the guys. We need to prepare differently now. We need to be mentally strong and able to know that we are living at the airports now,” he continues.

“We need to make sure that we are mentally strong to take this programme and I have told the boys that the last thing we want is to come out and say we couldn’t make it because the programme was like this and that.

“I said [to the boys], ‘I want you to say that we made it against all odds. So let’s go and soldier on. It is possible. It is doable. I don’t want to complain.”

Pitso Mosimane accepts PSL decision to not postpone Sundowns fixtures

Mosimane refused to comment specifically on the difference between the way the PSL has dealt with Pirates and Sundowns.

“I don’t want to talk about who was treated which way. That’s why you [the media] are here. You saw the letters from the PSL to us‚” Mosimane adds.

“[Sundowns COO] Sizwe [Ndimande] is there. He can show you the letter. It’s not for me to talk. I need to concentrate on the game.”

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The Sundowns coach is taking a philosophical view of the situation they are in and believes anything is still possible for the Absa Premiership champions.

He adds: “I told the guys‚ ‘Have we had any game postponed for the Champions League? And where are we now? So why should they complain?

“We’ve made it against all odds. We’ve played the Nedbank Cup‚ Telkom Knockout and the league. So let’s follow what we’ve been doing and move on with our lives…

“Let me be honest, do I want to be in this programme or do I want to not be in the semi-finals of the MTN8 and Champions League? No, I’d rather be where I am than be out.”

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Pitso Mosimane accepts