Pitso Mosimane still looking for the right combinations

2014-08-14 11:27

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane admits that it may take some time until his side starts firing on all cylinders.

Despite adding a host of big-name signings to an already star-studded Brazilians squad, Downs have made a poor start to the season, losing to Platinum Stars in the MTN8 and taking only one point from their opening two league encounters.

A 1-0 loss to a young Ajax Cape Town last night has not helped Mosimane’s cause. The former Bafana Bafana coach has already incurred the wrath of his own supporters after a 1-1 draw with Maritzburg United over the weekend.

Had Sundowns been more clinical in front of goal against the Urban Warriors, they could have taken a point from the match but, instead, Mosimane was left ruing missed opportunities.

“We tried to attack, but we missed so many chances, its not funny sometimes. I saw Pirates miss so many chances last week, now it was my turn,” Mosimane said.

“The quality and the decision-making in the last third, the decision to choose the right technique in the final third let us down. It’s tough times we are going through. It’s not nice, but it’s the life of a coach.

“My job is to motivate the players to come back.”

“It’s about the combinations though, it’s not that we don’t have enough players. You lose two games and you draw one. It’s easy to put the knife in because its tough times for us.”

Ajax coach Roger de Sa, meanwhile, was pleased to see his side picking up their first win of the season, giving them four points from two matches, although he admits the Cape side were not necessarily the better team on the night.

“We had some good chances in the first half, five decent opportunities, but their goalkeeper didn’t make a save. We’ve got to hit the target. The first shot on target [from captain Travis Graham on 50 minutes] we scored, and from then on we rode our luck at times. It’s going to happen when you play a team like Sundowns.”

The former Wits mentor said he was encouraged by his youngsters.

“When you’ve got a centre back pairing of 19 and 17 [years old], mistakes are going to be made. The captain is 20. I couldn’t be happier with the performance and the result. It was gutsy, which we need to keep in our game.”

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