Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says his team will never play javelin football to win matches. The former Bafana Bafana mentor was referring to teams that win matches on throw-ins and set pieces. On Saturday,  Sundowns beat Maritzburg United 2-1 in a league match in Atteridgeville. The Brazilians conceded a goal through a set-piece scored by defender Siyanda Xulu.

Sundowns have set the pace in the PSL this season. The Pretoria outfit is the only unbeaten team in the league but Mosimane contends he is not obsessed with that.

The PSL race is likely to go down to the wire just like last season. Sundowns are favourites to defend their title but will be pushed very hard by the likes of Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United, Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits.

Star midfielder Gaston Sirino scored the first goal against Maritzburg to become Man of the Match.  The Uruguayan international has been a subject of rough tackling in the previous games. Mosimane says referees to need to protect Sirino.

Sirino had a scuffle with Clayton Daniels and Dean Furman when they lost to SuperSport United last week in the MTN8 semi-final clash. Mosimane is challenging big players to target other players.

Mosimane recently joined twitter and already has many followers.

He says he welcomes criticism just like the President of the country Cyril Ramaphosa.

Listen to Highlands Park head coach Owen Da Gama’s response

Highlands Park midfielder come throw-in specialist Ryan Rae was wearing gloves in their victory over Baroka FC and coach Owen Da Gama laughingly says the gloves have no special powers but assist the player in wet conditions. – Report by Vincent Sitsula