PITSO Mosimane has begged for understanding from Mamelodi Sundowns supporters and more time to complete the multimillionaire club’s renaissance.
The coach wants to change the way things have been done in the past and key to his grand plans is a new youth policy – something that has been foreign to cash kings Sundowns. There will be no more record-shattering salaries or over-inflated signing fees and no more dubious unlimited shopping sprees.
This comes a week after Mosimane revealed plans of a major clean-out at the club in the off-season, which has put players under pressure to justify their presence at Chloorkop.
“I’ve only been in here for four months … I’ll get it right, give me time,” said Mosimane, who took over from temperamental Dutchman Johan Neeskens last year.
“When I took over every team was above us [on the log] and we’ve moved away [from the drop zone] a little bit and got a bit of a breather. I haven’t bought a player; these are the same players I found here.
“I don’t want to go the same way that it has been for the last five years – buying players not knowing why you’re buying them.
“We are going for younger, hungrier players and paying less wages. We are changing the team but we ask for Sundowns people to understand our change of model.”
The former Bafana Bafana coach says he wants to give every player a chance to prove himself but, as seen in the 0-0 draw with AmaZulu in Durban on Sunday, that move comes at the cost of league points.
“I am not rotating to give players a rest,” Mosimane said. “I have to give a chance to the guys who haven’t had a chance to play, so that I can assess them at the end of the season. You can’t give assessment when you don’t give people a chance.
“Unfortunately, I’m doing it at the expense of the team, whereas we need results, we need points and we need to be consistent. Sundowns supporters want a win and they want it now.”
It is degrading for a club with lofty ambitions like Sundowns to lower their targets to a mere place in the top eight and for the them to be struggling to achieve this task is even more demeaning.
But such is the consequence of multiple coach changes over the years, failure to implement proper youth structures and using money as a solution to every problem.
“We are going through a slump and you must understand that it happens to all teams,” Mosimane explained.
“Don’t forget it has taken Kaizer Chiefs seven years and they have not yet won the league. But when everybody writes, they write about Mamelodi Sundowns being big spenders and without a trophy in the cabinet for the last five years. They are right but it’s a process.
“Yes I still see us making it into the top eight because not many people ahead of us are winning, some of them are losing. There are less points to play for but … there is still an opportunity, we’re only five points away from the top eight. Let’s see what happens.”