In the aftermath of Mamelodi Sundowns’ recent defeat against Tunisian giants Esperance Sportive de Tunis, Masandawana coach Pitso Mosimane has pleaded with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to change its football calendar as they contend with yet another season without a proper preseason.
Sundowns are currently battling with several injuries to key players with the latest casualty being Motjeka Madisha. But Mosimane fears that Sundowns’ injury woes could get worse as several of his players have been called up for the upcoming friendly against Nigeria.
“If it was up to me, this thing is simple. We should play from January and take a break in November and December. But it is not my decision,” Mosimane told IOL.
“I don’t want to sound like I don’t respect the local league. We have to prioritise and figure out what we want. Are we happy to continue this never-ending season for a fourth year in a row because we are playing in the Champions League again next year?
“For me, it is again simple – we can fight for the league title here at home and the Champions League, and leave the rest (domestic competitions). I don’t think our local league is doing us any favours with our calendar.
“Our league schedule doesn’t suit teams playing in the African competitions, and I am also worried now because we have six players called up for Bafana’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria,” Mosimane explained.
“This would have been an ideal time to rest a bit, but they have to represent their country. In my opinion, we need to change the programme because we can’t solve this problem,” Mosimane concluded.