Hectic fixture list worries Pitso

2014-11-22 20:46

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Already under immense pressure to resuscitate their hopes of defending the league title, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is equally worried about a looming hectic programme.

Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs (Caf Champions), Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits (Caf Confederation Cup) are the four clubs that will represent the country in the continental inter-club competitions next year.

“I foresee trouble when the Champions League starts because the programme (of domestic and continental fixtures) won’t be easy. It is going to demand a lot,” said Mosimane at the post-match conference following a draw with Chiefs at the FNB Stadium today.

Already Mosimane felt the effects of not having some of the key members of his team as four players represented their respective national teams during the just-ended Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

“(Elias) Pelembe didn’t play today because he arrived only yesterday and (goalkeeper Kennedy) Mweene came earlier before Dennis Onyango. You can have as many players but only 11 can play. But compared to the other games, finally we scored a goal today,” said Mosimane.

Sundowns had scored just twice in four matches in all competitions prior to their meeting with Chiefs.

The draw today was Sundowns’ fourth on the trot in as many league outings and Mosimane said he felt his side should have won.

He based his statement on the fact that his striker Cuthbert Malajila should have extended their lead when presented with a one-on-one situation against Chiefs goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo. The Zimababwean international instead ballooned his effort.

Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter said a drawn result was a fair outcome.

In fact, he and Mosimane paid tribute to their sides for delivering “good football” on a day when Teko Modise’s 53rd minute brilliant goal was cancelled out by George Lebese in the 65th minute.

“We couldn’t turn our superiority into goals, especially in the second half,” said Baxter.

He hinted that he would rotate the team in their next outing against Polokwane City at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday.

He was referring to resting some of his players who featured in Bafana Bafana’s Afcon qualifier against Nigeria in midweek.

Mandla Masango looked exhausted and he was replaced by Bernard Parker at halftime.

“We’ll see how others recuperate but we’ll certainly rotate.”

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