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Mosimane: Concerned about Mphela

Mosimane: Concerned about Mphela

Mamelodi Sundowns will look to maintain their unbeaten run under Pitso Mosimane when they face Golden Arrows at Loftus Stadium on Tuesday evening.

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Having taken charge late last year with Downs floundering at the bottom of the table, Mosimane has steered the Pretoria club to three wins and three draws.

The Brazilians continued their surge up the PSL table with a 3-0 victory over Maritzburg United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday, and head into their midweek clash in eighth place.

"We're getting better game-by-game as I have said from day one," Mosimane said.

"We're improving, the organisation is there. The boys play with pride and integrity, they respect the emblem of Sundowns.

"I haven't got it right yet, we are still a little bit short in the final third, but in my team nobody walks, we all run and we all chase."

He added: "I was happy in our last game because the players ran, they fought and they chased back.

"I've got my own philosophy of football from when I was still a coach at SuperSport United. I like football that is easy on the eye and simple, that's my way of playing.

"Some people like to win quickly, I prefer to win properly. Sundowns is a big team, Sundowns can do better."

Downs have no fresh injury concerns, but Mosimane said his medical team was still working on the fitness of Bafana Bafana ace Katlego Mphela.

Having spent much of the first half of the season nursing his way back from knee surgery, Mphela recovered in time for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, but had struggled to regain his fitness for Downs.

"I'm a little bit worried about Killer (Katlego Mphela), we're waiting for him, he plays 60 minutes, it's okay," Mosimane explained.

"He scored a goal against Maritzburg United and he could have scored a second, but it's coming together."

Yellow cards encurred against the Team of Choice also sees Anthony Laffor and Esrom Nyandoro join a lengthy list of Downs men one game away from suspension.

Meanwhile, 10th-placed Arrows make the trip North on the back of a 1-0 defeat at home to Durban rivals AmaZulu on Saturday.

Abafana Bes'thende initially kicked off the second half of their PSL campaign with a hard-fought 2-0 win at the University of Pretoria last Wednesday.

Arrows coach Manqoba Mngqithi is eager to return to winning ways but knows it won't be easy.

"Many of our players never nearly performed to the level that is expected (against AmaZulu)," Mngqithi said ahead of the mid-week clash.

"To be honest, we did not play well, AmaZulu deserved the win. It will never get easier, that's why this is the Premiership."

Posted: 18/02/13 11:51

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