The accomplished coach is aware of the Buccaneers’ tricky attackers, but he is counting on his ‘intelligent’ defence
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has defended his slow defence, saying their strength lies on good positioning and intelligence to cut dangerous moves.
The Brazilians’ boss was speaking about the likes of Ricardo Nascimento and Mosa Lebusa as they prepare to welcome Orlando Pirates in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) encounter on Saturday afternoon.
“Do you remember Alje Schut? Thabo Nthethe? We have never had those quick centre-backs, and we suffered. But if you really look, we don’t concede a lot and in the five years I have been here we have probably conceded fewer goals than everybody else,” Mosimane said to the media.
Against Free State Stars in their midweek PSL match, Sundowns rested Nascimento and Wayne Arendse as the coach opted for Motjeka Madisha and Lebusa partnership.
With the experienced duo having been absent in their 3-1 win at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Mosimane could now call on the two influential centre backs as he aims for his second PSL win at home.
“Sometimes it is about being smart, intelligent in how you play, knowing how to position yourself. People like (Ricardo) Nascimento, he knows he is not too fast but he knows how to position himself. (Mosa) Lebusa is not too fast either, but he can position himself,” he added.
Mosimane is aware of the Bucs’ speedy attacking force which is led by Zambian duo Justin Shonga and Augustine Mulenga.
“When you push your central defence up to the halfway line and you are playing against Pule, Lorch, Shonga and Mulenga, you are killing your team because that is how they score,” continued Mosimane.
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“Don’t play to their strength. I know sometimes they say the best way to defend is to attack. Yes, I like that, but sometimes it doesn’t happen like that,” said ‘Jingles’.
“They are typical Zambian strikers and like most SADC region forwards – they are mobile and they have the physical strength. It’s like (Khama) Billiat, Knowledge Musona, Evans Rusike. They are full of energy and movement – that is why you will find that they don’t struggle when they come to the PSL because we also produce those kind of players,” he concluded.
The eagerly anticipated encounter will be staged at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium at 15h30 on Saturday.