Pitso Mosimane expects Mamelodi Sundowns to compete fully for the PSL title

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With the international break giving Sundowns some much-needed respite, Mosimane is wary that their injury woes could further deepen

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has bemoaned his side’s injury fortunes of late.

Masandawana are currently walking wounded without eight key members, which include the likes of Oupa Manyisa, Bangaly Soumahoro and Anthony Laffor who are all side-lined due to injury, but the 53-year-old has put a plan in place in order to ensure that they are able to recover with the international break fully in motion.

“We have a lot of injuries,” Mosimane told the media.

“We missed about seven players against Platinum Stars. These are just niggling injuries that I hope will be dealt with soon,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mosimane is optimistic that he might have some of his players back after the international break where Sundowns most notably have several of their players representing South Africa in the Fifa World Cup qualifiers on the weekend, but he is wary that their growing list of causalities could increase further.  

“They are obliged to represent their respective countries – and this might come with more injuries too,” he lamented.

“But who knows? they might all come back clear. We have six internationals for Bafana Bafana, but that’s not an excuse to not win matches after the break. Injuries are part and parcel of having a big team,” he said.

“After the international programme, we have about seven matches in three weeks and we are going to need the numbers, hence we are trying to get everybody fit,” Mosimane explained.

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The Brazilians most recently came off a confidence boosting victory against Platinum Stars, but Mosimane has refused to get too carried away.

“It is still early to say that we will win this and that. We have only played four games, but the good thing is that we are winning away games, which is a 100% achievement so far (against Platinum Stars, Free State Stars and SuperSport United),” he said.

“We are focused on the league and there’s no excuse not to compete for the championship. We’re out of Caf and have a chance to focus on the league,” he concluded.