Catch us if you can. That’s the chilling message Mamelodi Sundowns’ coach Pitso Mosimane issued to the other championship contenders now that the Brazilians sit at the top of the Absa Premiership standings.
The Brazilians finally overtook Bidvest Wits after three failed attempts to move to first place. They did so in spectacular fashion with a 3-2 win in an entertaining contest against Cape Town City at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday. Goals from Lebohang Maboe, Anthony Laffor and Phakamani Mahlambi sealed the victory for Sundowns.
“It was a thriller,” Mosimane said. “We wrapped it up when we scored the third goal, until that scorcher from Kermit Erasmus. Credit to him. Before we scored the first goal, we should have been 3-0 up. Let’s be honest. With respect, we should have been 3-0 up before we scored the first goal. It was the first time I saw us have an upper hand over them. But they still remain a good team, they play and they don’t park any bus. They come at you all the time.”
Sundowns lead Wits by a point, but Bafana BaStyle have a game in hand. The Brazilians now shift their focus to Bloemfontein Celtic who they host at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
“This is the first time we’re on top,” Mosimane said. “If we apply our experience of being there, because we have been there before. Normally when we’re there, we don’t come back. I hope we continue with the same experience. We will see. Bloemfontein Celtic, I hope that they don’t disturb us. But the big one is the return leg in Cape Town against Cape Town City on Tuesday. They will never, ever, ever allow us to score three goals. It’s going to a tight one, it’s going to be like the Wits one. I hope that there are no red cards. You never know, maybe you nick it and go with it.
“I told you that the point against Wits was a big point. We went FNB Stadium last season and I told you that that point we got from Kaizer Chiefs is a big point. We went to FNB Stadium this season, and that was a big win for us. You were surprised to see me running to the corner. It’s because I knew it was a big one. It wasn’t easy.”