Thursday Nov 28, 2019. 10:00
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says the league title race in South Africa is far from over despite a sizeable 10-point lead for runaway leaders Kaizer Chiefs.
Defending champions Sundowns have battled for consistency this campaign and will go into a December-January period where almost all their focus will be on the CAF Champions League.
It adds a further complication to their title defence, but Mosimane says they are far from done in the title race.
“May determines everything. The fat lady sings in May,” he told reporters. “At the moment we are in a process. At the moment the trophy is in Chloorkop. We are defending it. You have to come and take it. For us, it is 19 games to go. It is a long way.
“We’ve had our slump. We haven’t been there. You know we are not yet there but slowly we are coming back. Every team hits a slump. The question is how long is your slump going to be. How do you handle that because you’ve been on a honeymoon.”
Sundowns and BidVest Wits are the two South African sides remaining in African club competition, and there is no doubt they will be at a disadvantage as the league games come thick and fast in the second half of the season.
“The rest are well-rested teams. They play every Sunday. They can do the shopping on Wednesday and they can fetch children from school. We don’t fetch children from school because we are in camp,” Mosimane said of his title rivals.
“Know your space, know where you are and play in that lane. That’s all. Come to the fast lane and only then can you talk about the fast lane. Don’t talk from the slow lane.
“Take the right lane, not the left lane, and when people come, tell them to move away. That’s the lane and then we can talk about driving fast.”