Vilakazi could be out 'for a long time', says Sundowns coach Mosimane

Pitso Mosimane, Mamelodi Sundowns, March 2016.
Mosimane feels Sundowns players are suffering from anxiety and that they cannot deal with the pressure following their goalless draw on Tuesday night

Mamelodi Sundowns have failed to score in their last three league matches, and that has seen them drop crucial points home and away. 

Their performance at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium was marred by numerous missed opportunities on the night, but Mosimane is aware of the reasons behind their recent slump. 

“What can you do?” Mosimane asked after the game. “The infrastructure is there, the organisation is there, the play is there but you must put the ball in the net. We missed a lot, we kept missing all the time. We missed open goals. It’s difficult when you don’t score,” he said.

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Mosimane also admitted that his troops may be falling victim to the pressure of high expectations.

“It's difficult, they (Polokwane City) parked the bus,” Mosimane said.

“They stayed back. What can you do? We managed to do everything. We got the ball wide and got the ball into the area, but in the area there was anxiety. They are human beings you must understand, anxiety creeps in they have to win,” he continued.

“They are expected to win every time. We won our last two games, but today we drew. It's just football; in front of the goal, they don't have that coldness because of the pressure and because of the anxiety - It happens to every human being, but it is easy to criticise. I mean they didn't play the other team, but at the end of the day possession doesn't win you games, you got to put the ball in the net. It is difficult we didn't put the ball in the net, but that's football you can't buy the win," Mosimane added.

Meanwhile, Mosimane said he expects Sibusiso Vilakazi to be out of action for a long time following his injury against Polokwane City.

“I think he (Vilakazi) will be out for a long time, I don’t know,” Mosimane said.

“Hopefully Khama(Billiat) comes back soon because the load is heavy on Percy (Tau) and he shouldn’t be leading us,” said the 52-year-old. 

“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 concluded.