Mosimane relieved to reach final, looks ahead to Pirates

Mosimane relieved to reach final, looks ahead to Pirates
Keletso Makgalwa of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates goal with Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 2020 Nedbank Cup Semifinals match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Aug 09, 2020. 16:00

Mamelodi Sundowns manager Pitso Mosimane has expressed his relief at reaching the Nedbank Cup final, but knows that his side will face an even tougher test when they resume their league campaign with a match against Orlando Pirates on Tuesday.

The Brazilians overcame Bidvest Wits 3-2 in the second semifinal on Saturday, with South Africa welcoming football back for the first time since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Downs will come up against Bloemfontein Celtic in the final next month, but first an exhausting sprint to the end of the Absa Premiership campaign awaits – starting with a clash against Pirates this midweek.

“You know we needed the super-subs and it’s a lesson to everybody to say, you need the depth to continue on this thing,” explained Mosimane, as quoted by Goal.

“So, we are saving them [Themba Zwane and Sibusiso Vilakazi, who were subbed off in the cup match] for the game on Tuesday and I told the guys if they think this is stress, the serious stress is coming on Tuesday but at least we are in the final. That’s what is important for us, the team fought, and yeah it’s a good spirit.

“But you can see we are not the same, we don’t have the flow, we don’t play as good as we always play but it’s a cup match and it’s football under Covid-19.

“After not playing football for four months and we score three goals – I think that’s the positive side of it.”

Sundowns are four points off the pace of league leaders Kaizer Chiefs, but their clash against Pirates on Tuesday is a game in hand, offering them the chance to close to within a point of the summit.

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