Sundowns coach Mosimane concerned about the form of some key players

29 August 2019 - 13:59 By Mark Gleeson
Mamelodi Sundowns star attacker Themba Zwane celebrates with teammates after scoring the second goal.
Mamelodi Sundowns star attacker Themba Zwane celebrates with teammates after scoring the second goal.
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Mamelodi Sundowns might have looked unhurried and in control as they kept up their unbeaten start to the new league season with an away win over Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday‚ but coach Pitso Mosimane is concerned about the form of some key players.

“This game took a little more than we thought out of us‚” he said after the 2-1 victory at the Dr. Molemela Stadium in the Free State capital.

“It was not an easy one and physically it has left us drained.”

That means likely more selection concerns for Mosimane as he balances rest and preparation ahead of Sunday’s MTN8 semifinal against Pretoria neighbours SuperSport United.

“KK (Hlompho Kekana) took a knock and struggled to finish.

"Villa (Sibusiso Vilakazi) looked a bit flat and Themba Zwane was laboured at times.

"He has had a lot of football and we have to be careful not to overload him‚” admitted the Sundowns boss.

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane (L) with his SuperSport United counterpart Kaitano Tembo.
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane (L) with his SuperSport United counterpart Kaitano Tembo.
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He also singled out Lebogang Maboe and Tebogo Langerman as players who were feeling the effects of seven matches in less than a month‚ plus travelling to places like Congo‚ Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein in August.

“Maboe has been fighting for a goal but hasn’t got a reward lately and Langerman has gone through a lot of work‚" he said.

Mosimane‚ who has never looked to effect too many changes from game to game even though his squad size is the envy of all other Premier Soccer League coaches‚ admits there must be more “sharing of the load”.

“The cake is too big and it’s a big season for us‚ fighting across many different fronts‚” he said.

“I’m happy now we’ve put the Celtic game behind us.

"It’s one of those you are happy to tick off because it’s always difficult.

“But we showed our experience and some of our players had unbelievably good games.

"I felt it was Iike a Champions League match where we had to defend well and attack well. It was a highly tactical game‚” Mosimane added.

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