Pitso’s concern is Al Ahly amid points deduction threat

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is not very worried about the possibility of his team being docked points following the Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) Disciplinary Committee’s (DC) guilty verdict, after it found that Sundowns fielded an ineligible player in the Absa Premiership match against Bidvest Wits last October.

But instead, the coach is more concerned about beating Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the quarter-final of the CAF Champions League, with the first leg being played at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, Tshwane on Saturday afternoon.

Wayne Arendse. Picture: sundownsfc.co.za

The PSL announced on Wednesday that its DC had found the Absa Premiership defending champions and current log-leaders guilty of using an ineligible player in defender Wayne Arendse in the 1-1 draw against The Clever Boys, after he was fielded having not been included in the team sheet for the match, and that “the sanction will be handed down once all the parties have made submissions to the Disciplinary Committee.” But rather than being concerned about that which he says he cannot control, Mosimane says their focus is on winning their six remaining league games for the 2018/2019 season.

“I don’t want to worry about what I can’t control. And why now, where, why not – I mean … I think I spoke about it after Pirates game (on Monday) and then something comes up. Maybe I must always speak.

“And if we have to lose the league because of the three points that are being docked, it’s okay, at least you have given your best on the pitch, you know,” Mosimane adds.

Mosimane was also found guilty of misconduct after he allegedly assaulted Satchmo Ngwenya, who is an AmaZulu FC team security official, by punching him in the face following the teams’ 3-3 draw in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium in September last year. About that, Mosimane says he would rather not talk.

Despite having never beaten Al Ahly, ‘Jingles’ is still confident they can do it for the first time in the two-legged tie. “ .. It’s doable, it’s possible. I think Sundowns is a good team, if they play the way they always play in Champions League at home … (against) Wydad we scored two but we could have been three or four. We scored three against Asec, we scored three against Lobi Stars; so I’m not saying we’re going to score three against Al Ahly, but if we play the same way and we believe, why not?”

Saturday’s match kicks off at 15:00.