Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane admits the Absa Premiership title race is in Orlando Pirates' hands


Goal difference could play a big role in deciding who wins the Absa Premiership title and Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane admits it won’t be easy to get the goals they need to get a better goal difference than Orlando Pirates.

Sundowns were comfortably leading 2-0 against Black Leopards in Thohoyandou last night, but conceded a goal in second-half stoppage time to walk away as narrow 2-1 winners.

They are level on points with leaders Pirates, but with an inferior goal difference. Pirates have a goal difference of +17 and Sundowns are sitting on +13.

“I was really upset with the goal they scored, especially at that time. But you’ve got to understand that they are a little bit tired and they want to get the game over with it. So what can we do? Sometimes you can’t have the cake and eat it. You’ve got to be grateful and not sound selfish,” Mosimane said after the game last night.

“They fought and worked very hard and they’ve been traveling, from Rabat to Thohoyandou. Let’s be honest, it’s unbelievable."

He continued: “It’s a bit difficult when you have issues like this, of goals. I mean it’s not in our hands, it’s in Pirates’ hands. It’s not going to be easy. It’s possible, but it’s not going to be easy to get the goals.

"But as I told you, Sundowns will win the league next year even if we do not win it this year. We’ll be more settled, and I still say we are a team in construction. The departure of Khama and Percy, we can feel that departure but the boys are going.”