Pitso Mosimane showers praise on Dylan Kerr

Pitso Mosimane
Pitso Mosimane

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane praised his counterpart Dylan Kerr for 'bringing the spark back' to Black Leopards after his side's 2-1 victory on Wednesday evening.

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Mosimane once again bemoaned the congested fixture schedule his side has had to endure and admitted Leopards were brighter due to his side being fatigued.

"Leopards were always quicker than us, faster to the second ball because we didn't have the freshness to keep up with them," Mosimane told Supersport TV.

"We managed the game as you can see especially in the second half.

"And you could see by my subs, we need Sirino, we need Kekana, we need Themba Zwane because we have a big game on Saturday.

"These boys are unbelievable. If you look at the program we have, nobody ïn South Africa has a program like us. No one. Nobody. To play two champions league games in between the league.

"From Rabat to Thohoyandou, it's unbelievable. One and a half days rest and they have to play football. For me it's humbling. I don't mind even if we don't win the league. I give respect to these boys to play football like this with such a program. That's why we had to rest Maboe, Mabunda. Because we don''t have the legs to complete the programme.

"But these boys, they keep on going. As long as we keep on pushing. It's not in our hands, It's in Pirates' hands. The best thing we can is give our best and our best might not be good enough. But I take my hat off to these boys.

"To fight for the league with the well-rested teams, it's unbelievable. KP, our physical trainer, top guy.

The Masandawana mentor then paid a huge compliment to Kerr, whom he believes he has reinvigorated Leopards since joining and hopes he stays at the club for a long time.

"I've never seen a coach who has brought the spark back to Black Leopards like he has done," said Mosimane.

"From the outside you can see he coaches with his heart. You can see the team is together with him I just hope he continues, they survive. It's a lovely environment here. This is also like in Maritzburg, you don't want to lose them to football.

"I hope he stays. He's a very good coach."

The 54-year-old then praised Rivaldo Coetzee for his man-of-the-match performance after excelling in a less familiar role in midfield.

"Riva, Rivaldo, what a six hey? What a six," added Mosimane.