TSHWANE — Newly-appointed Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says he will need time to lift the struggling outfit from their slump as they prepare to face Free State Stars in an ABSA Premiership match today.
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“I feel very humbled and privileged,” Mosimane said on Monday ahead of his first match in charge of the cash-rich Patrice Motsepe-owned side.
“I am here to help Sundowns and to stabilise the team. I would also like to see Sundowns in a better position (in the league standings).
“I think we all know that Sundowns deserve to be in a better position and I think the family of Mamelodi Sundowns deserves that respect.
“I need time to turn things in the team around. Rome was not built in one day and if you look at the last five years, it has been a little bit difficult for Downs.”
Mosimane admitted his first game in charge would be a difficult assignment.
“I believe I can help the team come out and put the team in a better position, but I only have the team for one training session (before today’s),” Mosimane said.
“It is a question of time. You can’t just come with a big broom and sweep. I am here to focus on the team. It will be a tough encounter because of the time, but we know it is difficult to go to the Free State and win. It will be a tough one but let’s see how it goes.”
Mosimane was eager to hit the ground running with the struggling side in an attempt to lift them from their poor run of form.
“I believe I am the right person for this job,” he said.
“I can turn the team around but I need time. Yes, we want results, and yes, the fans want results, but we need to find the balance.
“I am in the job so I can’t have complaints. I have faced big sides and I should be able to get the job done.”
Neeskens became the 13th coach to be sacked by Motsepe, following the Brazilians’ 1-0 Telkom Knockout final defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic in Durban on Saturday evening.
Although Neeskens failed to win any silverware in his time with the Chloorkop outfit, he was the only coach to have lasted an entire season in charge since Motsepe became club president in 2003.