Pitso Mosimane has said the Absa Premiership title takes second priority to the Nedbank Cup and CAF Champions League spot finish.
Mosimane has offered his thoughts hours before Sundowns face Black Leopards, where a win might not be enough to win the title if Kaizer Chiefs will defeat Baroka FC in Braamfontein.
“We must try to win the Nedbank Cup but what is more important for me and my team is the Champions League spot. We are competing with a team that didn’t even play top eight,” Mosimane via TimesLIVE.
“We go again for the seventh year in a row and that shows we are credible‚ we are a team of substance and not lucky to do what we are doing. The dates of the Champions League have been given and this time we have three teams from Africa qualifying for the Fifa Club World Cup.
“That profile is big for the club and we must fight for the top three positions in the Champions League to qualify for the Club World Cup. If you don’t win the league‚ you don’t win the league but you gave your best.
“We need to win our last match in the league and bow out like competitors and credible people.
“You have to give it to Chiefs. I mean they have won nothing for the past five or six years. They are a big team and they deserve something to be honest and they fought for it. So‚ it’s okay because you can’t win everything but we are fighting.
“We made the semifinal stage of the MTN8‚ won the Telkom Knockout and made the final of Nedbank Cup and now it’s like we have made the final of the league. That shows that we are a team of substance and we are credible.
"If you don’t want to be criticised‚ don’t be a coach. I think you know how many games we have played now – you can calculate the number of games we have played. We have to be thankful but we are going to do our best in our last league match against Leopards and we will leave our skin on the pitch,” Mosimane concluded.
Sundowns face Leopards on Saturday at 15:30, before facing Black Leopards in the Nedbank Cup final next Tuesday.