Mosimane just what the doctor ordered
MAMELODI Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane refrained from "giving a prescription before making a diagnosis" when he was unveiled by the club a week ago.
The former Bafana Bafana coach was referring to the grim situation he found Sundowns in when he replaced Johan Neeskens. But after two matches in charge, in which he collected four out of six points, Mosimane is upbeat.
In his first match, the Brazilians played to a 1-1 draw with Free State Stars at the Charles Mopeli Stadium. The coach then faced the home crowd in his second game and guided Sundowns to a 1-0 victory over Black Leopards at the weekend in Atteridgeville.
"Four points out of six is a good start. Nice and easy progress. We are stabilising the team, but we are not yet playing well or the way I want," Mosimane said.
The coach bemoaned the fact that he had only a few training sessions to work with his new team, which was second from bottom in the Absa Premiership when he took over. Following Sunday's win, Sundowns moved to 13th on the log.
Mosimane will have his first full week with the squad before Sundowns' next match against Bidvest Wits on Saturday night. "I have taken risks in the past two matches and it worked, but it is early to say you can see my philosophy in how we play, in the starting line-up. We got the points, though, and we desperately needed them," the coach said.
Mosimane said part of the reason why Sundowns were struggling to win their league matches was because their star players were affected by the rotation system Neeskens preferred.
"The main thing is to get your best players on the park. You can not have (Elias) Pelembe, Anthony Laffor, Nyasha (Mushekwi), (Teko) Modise and (Katlego) Mphela sitting in the stands. When you have the best players on the pitch, you don't worry much about the shape. But you have a chance to win," he said.
Mosimane is also attempting to revive the career of defender Method Mwanjali, who began the Neeskens era as captain before he fell out of favour and saw the armband being handed to Modise.
"That was another gamble I took because Method is not fit. But the man is the captain of the Zimbabwe national team and has got plenty of experience. His combination with Alje (Schut) at the back has worked well in the past two matches," Mosimane said. "There are no excuses at Sundowns. We are a bit scrappy and every game (even in Mosimane's first match) Sundowns concede a goal, but miss their chances. I want the game wrapped up early."