Pitso: Title race will go a long way
Posted: 19 February 2019 Time: 08:30 pm
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane felt the draw against Polokwane City was a point gained rather than two points dropped.
The Brazilians missed the chance to go top of the table after they drew 1-1 with Rise and Shine at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday evening.
As a result, Sundowns currently trail log leaders Bidvest Wits by two points in second place, with two games in hand.
“One of those hey. We’re unhappy with not getting the win but you also have to be realistic. I cannot be unhappy with the performance of the boys,” Mosimane told SuperSport TV after the match.
“They tried so much, I mean so many balls saved on the line. I thought [George] Chigova was going to be Man of the Match. Ja, you have to accept it. We threw everything at them. They were more organised than against Maritzburg [United]. They really needed a point.”
The former Bafana Bafana coach went on to explain that he did not want to make early substitutions in the second stanza.
“You have make the substitutions no matter what, but what does the game say? Lebo [Lebohang Maboe] can get something, ‘Emi’ [Emiliano Tade] played well. Gaston [Sirino] is giving us the passes, set-pieces. Themba Zwane makes us play. You want to make the subs when you have to refresh the team. The substitution that killed us is the one of Wayne [Arendse] but in the last ten minutes there was not really much for Phakamani [Mahlambi] and Anthony Laffor to be honest.
“It’s okay we must accept it, in as much as it’s two points lost you can also say it’s a point gained because this thing [title race] will go a long way.”
The CAF Champions League winning coach further sympathised with shot-stopper Onyango, whose mistake that led to an own goal before the break.
“Number one in Africa made a big mistake. As much as he has saved us, he’s part of it. You have to pay for it sometimes. You saw the mistake that happened against Highlands Park, these things do happen. We love Denis. He has saved us, he did very well in ASEC [Mimosas], we must not forget these things. These things do happen, probably someday we will also benefit,” he said.