MAMELODI Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is a nervous man!
And the reason for the former Bafana Bafana coach’s concern is their Absa Premiership trip to Mbombela Stadium tonight (7.30pm) where they face Mpumalanga Black Aces.
Mosimane said he will not underestimate Amazayoni despite having drawn their last two matches.
The high-riding Brazilians were stung last month when they were stopped dead in their tracks and shocked 1-0 by lowly Polokwane City at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Mosimane, who is still licking his lips after a credible 2-1 victory against Moroka Swallows on Sunday, reckons they have to be careful against Clive Barker’s lads.
“We’ve learnt a tough lesson against Polokwane City,” Mosimane said, “and we don’t want any repeats.”
Mosimane has a high respect for Aces new-look squad and he believes Barker is an experienced coach who has signed quality.
“He has signed some top players such as striker Mabhuti Khenyeza, (Nigerian) midfielder (Onyekachi) Okonkwo and Zambian midfielder (Clifford) Mulenga who is also an experienced player,” Mosimane said.
Their win against Swallows shot the Brazilians top of the Premiership table with 23 points – two better than second placed Kaizer Chiefs who don’t have a match until they face the big spending Downs at Loftus Stadium on 10 December.
But Mosimane said he would be happy to get a 1-0 win over Aces who are lying 12th with 11 points: “This won’t be an easy game
but we have to be prepared. We cannot rest after beating a big team like Swallows. Aces are a dangerous team.”
Mosimane advised his players to keep on the winning momentum.
He revealed that he was happy with the display of veteran midfielder Teko Modise against the Dube Birds.
He added: “I liked Teko’s attitude. I was also able to give the likes of (midfielder) Dove Wome and (striker) Richard Henyekane a run against Swallows, which helps me.”
Two players facing late fitness tests are striker Rodney Ramagalela and midfielder Bongani Zungu.