By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
MAMELODI Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said hard working and a lot of dedication is the main reason why his side is at its current position on the Absa Premiership log.
Speaking at a press conference at the Premier Soccer League (PSL) offices in Park Town where he was crowned the Premiership’s Q1 Coach, mosimane said it was not easy to lead the team to its current position.
“After taking over the reign at the club which was struggling on a relegation zone last season was not an easy task and one had to sweet to put more effort and however it was too late as we couldn’t even manage to finish in the top eight brackets. This season however we started very well, won a number of games with all the players working for each other and strikers as well did not disappoint as they have been scoring goals,” said Mosimane.
Mosimane added that: “The conditions are tough as we are competing against clubs such as Kaizer Chiefs whose team and technical team has been together for a long time and have also won double last season, but we are getting there.”
Sundowns who lies second on the log with 34 points, 9 points behind Chiefs with two matches in hand takes on Orlando Pirates tomorrow night at the Loftus Stadium minus key players, Biliat Khama and Katlego Mashego, owing it to injuries but Mosimane was positive that Lebogang “Chees-Boy” Mokoena who is making his way back to the team will do the trick for them up front where he is expected to push him.
The match against Pirates comes almost three weeks after the two met at Orlando Stadium in the league’s first leg encounter that saw Sundowns win 1-0 at the Orlando Stadium.
The biggest winner however on the day was Chiefs’ Bernard Parker after the Bafana Bafana and Amakhosi’s influential star scooped took home R30 000 home for winning both the Q1 and Q2’s Player awards.
Parker who last year narrowly missed the Golden Boot Award with only one goal separating himself and the winner Katlego “Mahoota” Mashego who scooped the award with 13 goals is proving to be a hot property in the league this year and he has already rattled the net 10 times this season from 19 matches.
“I have learnt the hard way last season after I became so close to winning the Golden Boot award but only to miss by one goal. I am delighted by this award and the trust shown to me by both Chiefs’ technical team and my teammates Chiefs,” said Parker.
With the same Mashego who like last season is still a main threat to him in the race for the Golden Boot award out of action for the next five weeks, Parker can look forward to strengthen his chances by scoring more and more goals to with the hope of finishing the 2013/14 season on a high note. For the record, Mashego has already scored 7 goals so far from 17 matches.
Parker was not the only winner from Naturena as his coach, Stuart Baxter also took home the award as the Q2 Coach recipient.
Both Mosimane and Baxter were handed over the cheque of R15 000 each for their effort.
Meanwhile apart from the Sundowns-Pirates match tomorrow night, one more league match will be played when BidVets Wits welcome SuperSport United at the BidVest Stadium. Both the matches start at 7.30pm.