Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says all the pressure in the title race is on Kaizer Chiefs because they have had the most forgiving schedule.
Mosimane cited Sundowns involvement in the Caf Champions League while pointing to Kaizer Chiefs failure to qualify for the MTN 8 as reasons Amakhosi need to win the Premiership title.
Kaizer Chiefs have to win
The Sundowns coach insists that Chiefs have held an advantage since early in the season and the more his team succeed on the continent and in domestic cups the harder it gets for them to keep up.
“A lot of games create problems. Chiefs are not playing, they are waiting for you, they got seven or eight days. Let’s go to CAF and put more games,” Mosimane said.
Mosimane is no stranger to playing mind games with his opponents, and at various points last season wrote his own team off in the PSL race which Sundowns eventually won.
The wily coach made sure Chiefs were well aware they are overwhelming favourites but you can bet your bottom dollar Mosimane’s Sundowns won’t be giving up on anything just yet.
“You know how many games Wits put? They had six in the group stages (CAF Confederation Cup) and for them to qualify they had six, so they put 12 games. Twelve more than your competitor who is on top.
“We put 12 as well, Telkom Knockout where did it take us, final. MTN8, two semifinals in between. The competitors did not even qualify for the top eight. So they are fresh, they are strong, they have to win the league. Chiefs have to win the league. They have no excuse. It’s like I’m at school, I’m doing 10 courses, you are doing three or four. At the end of the year, you must pass you did three. No, you have to pass with distinction.”
Daniel Cardoso of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates with teammates scoring a penalty during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 match between Supersport United and Kaizer Chiefs at Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, on 04 January 2020 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Two-time defending Champions Sundowns are ten points behind Kaizer Chiefs going into a weekend where they will face Chippa United while the Glamour Boys host Maritzburg United.
Mosimane says the title race is not in their hands but a ten point deficit at this stage of the season is not insurmountable and Kaizer Chiefs will need to play well to end their trophy drought.
“We have to be honest; it has never been in our hands. I mean those guys after game three they took another direction. They ran with this thing… they are not dropping points.”