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Pitso blames tight schedule

Mamelodi Sundowns’ title was effectively lost by being forced to play too many games in too short a time period as they had to catch up on fixtures in the second half of the Absa Premiership, said coach Pitso Mosimane after they ceded their title on Wednesday night.

Sundowns’ 2-2 draw at home to Maritzburg United, coupled with the 2-0 home win for Bidvest Wits over Polokwane City, saw the championship decided in favour of Wits for the first time – with one round of the campaign still to be completed.

“We lost it with five games we had to play in the space of two weeks. We had four game in eight days. Those games saw us pick up just two points out of 15,” Mosimane said.

“But you have to understand why, we had six matches to catch up after we went to Japan (for the Club World Cup in December), we had to fight for it and it came back to haunt us. We have to accept it, that’s the way it is.

“We need to congratulate Wits and Gavin (Hunt); they’ve done very well, they fought for it. I don’t think it was meant for us as we always had it a little bit but we never had it.

“The last time we had it (leadership of the PSL standings) was for two days. It was not meant for us, really we have to accept it,” the Sundowns coach added.

“The boys have done very well. Over two years they have played 130-140 games. It’s very difficult. We have to remember they are not machines, but human beings. I’m proud of them.

“Of course I’m disappointed but we have to accept also because it’s life and football. I’ve been in this situation many times before. I was second with SuperSport many times and could not win it (the title). So it’s OK, it’s part of competition. You have to give credit to Wits, they really fought for it.”

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