Posted: 14 March 2017
Time: 21:54

Pitso Mosimane bemoaned his side’s lack of cutting edge as well as the workload on Percy Tau after Mamelodi Sundowns were held to a 0-0 draw in the Absa Premiership by Polokwane City on Tuesday.

Tau missed three excellent chances, but was not the only culprit on an off-night for the Sundowns attacking unit.

They also lost Sibusiso Vilakazi to injury late in the first half, and with Khama Billiat still making his way back to fitness, Mosimane is worried about the load that Tau has to carry.   

“I think he [Vilakazi] will be out for a long time, I don’t know,” Mosimane told SuperSport TV.  “Hopefully Khama comes back soon because the load is heavy on Percy and he shouldn’t be leading us. The senior players should be taking over and putting Percy on the side, but at this point in time that is not the case.”

Mosimane was at a loss to explain his side’s profligacy in front of goal, but says City parking the proverbial bus did not help their cause.

“What can you do, the infrastructure is there, the organisation is there, the play is there … but you must put the ball in the net. We just kept missing all the time. Open goals. It’s difficult when you don’t score,” the African Coach of the Year said.

“They [Polokwane] parked the bus, everybody behind the ball. The only thing we managed to do was get in behind the defence. But then we had the anxiety [in the box].

“You must remember that they [his players] are human beings, the expectation is there for them to win every time. We have won our last two games, but today we drew. It’s football.

“In front of the goal they don’t have those cold nerves because of the pressure and anxiety.

“But we are still in for three cups and we just won a cup [African Super Cup], so we just have to see how it goes.”

Sundowns are now four points behind leaders Bidvest Wits, but do have two games in hand. He admits the draw is disappointing, but points out that the teams around them at the top of the table have dropped points recently too. 

“For us it is a set-back, but how do we know that other people will win also?” Mosimane says.

Article by: Staff Reporter

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Publish date : 14 March 2017 | 7:54 pm

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