With Mamelodi Sundowns on the verge of retaining their Absa Premiership title with a win against Free State Stars this afternoon, coach Pitso Mosimane has urged his side to give their best.
The Brazilians could very well lift their record ninth championship in the Premier Soccer League era at Goble Park in Bethlehem.
“Look where we are, we have to go for it,” Mosimane said this week.
“This will will be the biggest one for me in my football career. I would say probably the first league title that Sundowns won with me here in 2014 was an emotional one, but this one – whether we win it or not – I always say it will remain the big one because we lost important players like Khama Billiat and Percy Tau and really couldn’t find proper combination upfront.”
The coach said he had to convert Lebo Maboe, who arrived from Maritzburg United at the start of the season, into a striker even though he is a midfielder. Maboe will still finish as Downs’ top goal scorer in the league and had eight goals in the lead up to the trip to Bethlehem for the final round of the campaign.
“He is a No.8 and I played him upfront. You can see he was really struggling, but he was trying his best. I think we could have wrapped it up earlier even with this team in construction. We have never played fully in the league because we were managing legs the whole time because of our schedule,” Mosimane explained.
He praised his players for juggling between domestic and CAF Champions League matches, where Masandawana reached the semi-final stage, but were knocked out by Wydad Casablanca of Morocco last weekend.
Sundowns are two points clear of second placed Orlando Pirates heading into this afternoon’s final round of fixtures and can’t afford to drop points against Stars, who will be also be fighting to avoid relegation.
“If we win it again I will be really happy for the boys and the supporters who have been singing all season long. I told the players to go out there and try their best to win the league. It was an emotional season and we must give the people something to celebrate,” said Mosimane.
Kick-off for the away clash against Stars is at 3pm and victory there will see Sundowns being crowned champions.