Mamelodi Sundowns players celebrate their goal during their PSL match against Wits University FC at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville. Picture: ANA

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Sundowns coach Mosimane calls for ruthless performance against Baroka

PRETORIA, October 30 – Mamelodi Sundowns’ next opponents have been warned that coach Pitso Mosimane has challenged his side to go for the jugular when they face Baroka FC in their Telkom Knockout (TKO) match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday (start at 3pm).
Mosimane was reacting after seeing the Brazilians only beat Chippa United 1-0 in their Premiership match at Sisa Dukashe Stadium on Saturday.
Bafana Ba Style had plenty of chances to put daylight between them and the Chilli Boys but Sundowns, somehow, only left East London with Gaston Sirino’s goal.
“Sundowns are such a ‘nice’ team,” Mosimane said. “My players are good people. I need shrewd players. We should have killed the game as early as the first 20 minutes.
“When my team feels like they have an opportunity to play, they like to play and they forget about winning the match. Because they find openings, they keep enjoying themselves. I was afraid of this game.
“I told them at halftime that this game might come back and bite us. We did well and Denis Onyango is showing that he is one of the best goalkeepers in Africa.”
Sundowns are six points behind log-leaders Bidvest Wits but the Tshwane giants have two games in hand.
Sundowns visit Baroka aiming to book a place in the TKO semifinals. This match is an opportunity for Andile Jali to continue with his strong performances that have seen him move closer to being at his best.
“He is getting there slowly,” Mosimane said. “He hasn’t reached his potential yet. He is getting there and he and Hlompho Kekana are showing experience and leadership. He will get better, with time. He is a Bafana Bafana player.
“Last week he had one chance to score. Against Chippa he hit the post and had another one he could have crossed to someone else.
“As a central midfielder, this means he is slowly coming out of his shell and is timing his runs into the box.” (ANA)

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