August 8, 2022

Sundowns still struggling to replace Billiat and Tau

By Peter Tabu

Outspoken Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has been at the helm of the Pretoria based side for seven years. His most successful period was in 2016 when they claimed the CAF Champions league and the league title.

At the time, Khama Billiat, Percy Tau and Uganda Cranes skipper Denis Onyango were exceptional throughout the entire campaign.

Khama Billiat would then join Kaizer Chiefs ahead of the 2018/2019 season while Percy Tau left for English side Brighton who later sent him out on loan to the Belgian second division side Union SG.

Since then, Sundowns have signed several players as replacements but it just hasn’t worked out according to Pitso Mosimane.

“We tried to reinforce after we lost Khama and Percy as our top strikers,” Pitso revealed this week before adding.

Percy Tau (L) and Khama Billiant (3rd L) celebrate with their former Mamelodi Sundowns teammates after scoring the opening goal against Chippa United on Wednesday. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

“We did our best to sign Tony Silva, Aubrey Ngoma, Andile Jali, Ali Menza and Jeremy Brockie to try and close the gap but the reality is the gap wasn’t closed, that’s the truth.”

Despite all that, Pitso thinks the team had a successful season on the continent much as they were eliminated at the semifinal stage by 2017 winners Wydad Casablanca.

“The team has really done their best on the continent, they’ve made me proud, we now shift focus to defending the league title.”

Sundowns beat Golden Arrows 2-0 0n Tuesday to ascend to the summit of the Premier Soccer League log on 56 points, two points behind Orlando Pirates who drew 2-2 with Cape Town City at the weekend. Orlando Pirates are a point clear after they drew with Cape Town City on Saturday.

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