Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane claims they should put their energy into the CAF Champions League after dropping to third in the Absa Premiership.
Pitso Mosimane giving up on league title?
The Brazilians were missing a number of key players and looked to be feeling the effects of their gruelling trip to Egypt on the weekend. And Mosimane said his side simply 'didn't have the legs', while pointing to their poor defending at set-pieces as a reason for their loss.
"I think we let ourselves down in the first-half with a soft corner kick," Mosimane told Supersport TV.
"We defended top corner kicks in the Champions League against big boys. I think that's where the game was lost. And the second goal was just one mistake.
"But yes we didn't have the legs. We can take it as an excuse, but it's the reality. We had a lot of players out, so we tried to bring in other guys. They were not up to the speed of the game and you can't blame them."
The Masandawana mentor was then brazenly honest in saying it would be difficult for his side to compete on multiple fronts and that they should rather focus on the Champions League and 'leave the league'.
"Leave the league. My opinion," said the 54-year-old.
"Credit to Supersport, they were fresher. We played against a well-rested team. But it's not an excuse. We put ourselves in this position. So the league let it go to the team that's supposed to win it.
"Let's try the Champions League and put our energies on that. But you never know how football is. Sometimes the gods can change fortunes around and you still have a chance. But it's okay, let the league go where it's supposed to go.
"Tomorrow we leaving for Polokwane. We can't travel on Friday, because it's Easter Friday. We don't want to be stuck on the road for six hours, so we are flying out tomorrow. But like I said, let the league go where it's supposed to go."
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