Premier Soccer League match reaction Mamelodi Sundowns 0-1 Orlando Pirates
Posted: 25 February 2014 Time: 21:39
Pitso Mosimane says Mamelodi Sundowns missed the respective qualities of Khama Billiat, Alje Schut and Katlego Mashego in Tuesday night's 1-0 loss to Orlando Pirates.
The Brazilians were undone by a 37th minute goal from Man of the Match Khethokwakhe Masuku at Loftus Stadium.
Billiat sat out the Premiership tie after controversially picking up a fourth booking in Sundowns' 1-0 victory over Ajax Cape Town in the Nedbank Cup last week, while captain Schut and striker Katlego Mashego are sidelined with injuries.
Downs coach Mosimane said: "It is a very sad that we didn't have our players.
"The Khama issue has cost us. We don't have another Khama, we don't have other players like him.
"When Mashego plays, when Schut plays, when Billiat plays we are a different team."
The former Bafana Bafana boss added: "We gave our best, we fought hard. I felt we deserved a draw, but we accept that we lost, and it's ok."