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Downs need to boost strike force – Pitso

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Coach looks to bank a striker in the January transfer window.

SCORING OPTION: Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates a goal with coach Pitso Mosimane. Though Sundowns have scored more goals than any other club in the league the coach believes that they cannot afford to rest on their laurels.

Mosimane is looking to sign a striker during the January transfer window

The Brazilians go into the short Christmas break at the summit in the Absa Premiership, four points clear of second-placed Cape Town City. Sundowns don’t only have a game in hand but they also have scored more goals than any other club in the league. But Mosimane isn’t resting on his laurels. He is looking to sign a striker in the January transfer window.

Sundowns were prepared to break the bank for SuperSport United’s Jeremy Brockie who handed in a transfer request upon hearing about the Brazilians’ interest in him in the last transfer window.

But Matsatsantsa a Pitori refused, putting a large ‘not for sale’ sign on the New Zealand forward whom they said must help them win the MTN8 and the Caf Confederation before they consider selling him. Matsatsantsa got the MTN8 but lost in the final to TP Mazembe in the Confederation Cup.

“We are losing players upfront,” Mosimane said. “We have already lost Leonardo Castro (to Kaizer Chiefs). The Khama (Billiat) situation, nobody knows (whether he is staying or going). We need to top up in the attacking department. (Cuthbert) Malajila is going to take long before he can come back. He is still not there. Anthony (Laffor) has this heel that gives him problems. He comes and goes. Even Khama, he isn’t on the pitch all the time. We have him but we don’t have him. We need to add a little bit upfront.

“We are not sure about Rivaldo Coetzee’s situation. It’s a tough one. He hasn’t trained since we got him. You start saying maybe that’s also hurting us because I had to play (Siyanda) Zwane at centreback. This situation says you must also be careful at centreback in terms of personnel.”

Mosimane and Sundowns go into the break with mixed feelings; happy that they are the summit but disappointed that they ended the year with a 1-0 loss to the Citizens at Loftus Versfeld. Their hard-to-please fans gave the club and the players a break. They sang loudly and passionately after the loss, a rare sight for a group of fans that tend to be hard on their players and have fired coaches in the past.

“Because we are on top of the log, maybe you can say that I will go on this break a happy man,” Mosimane said. “But you don’t want to lose. I hate losing, you know me. I am not in the right mood when I lose. OK, nobody likes to lose but I take it in a hard way. It’s OK. That’s part of football. I can’t handle losing because I love to win. Winning means a lot to me.

“You have to accept when you lose and give credit to the opponents.”

Sundowns will return to training on December 27 to start preparations for the second half of the league and their Caf Champions League campaign that’ll start a bit late since they got a bye in the first round.

“We needed the break,” Mosimane said. “We can work on getting back the injured players. We are going to strengthen the team because we have two programmes, the league and the Champions League. We have to bring in players to play in those programmes.

“It’s not easy because the players we bring in have to adjust to the way we play.”