Pitso Mosimane hails Mamelodi Sundowns' experience
Posted: 25 February 2017 Time: 23:26
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane hailed his side’s experience to see off Bidvest Wits and take control of the title race.
In a tight contest, Hlompho Kekana gave Sundowns the edge with a fantastic free-kick before Sibusiso Vilakazi finished the game on the counter-attack in stoppage time at Loftus Stadium.
Sundowns are now in control of the destiny of the title as they have four games in hand over league leaders SuperSport United and have played three less than Bidvest Wits, and are only two points behind the Clever Boys.
“You can see two giants on the pitch, two big teams, big temperament of the game. It will always have its own issues but it’s part of the game. The opponents are professional enough to play the way they played and we were professional also to play the way we played,” Mosimane said on SuperSport TV.
“We have the experience to play this game. You can't go to Kumasi, we can’t go to Dolisie, we can’t go to Egypt, we can't go to Accra, we can't go to all those places and you are not having the temperament to play this game.
“This is Champions League material, this is a Champions League [level] game and we played it the way it was supposed to and it was appropriate. We tried to match them on their strengths, 80 percent of the goals they scored in their last 12 games was on set-pieces and we managed [to contain] that.
“Bangaly [Soumahoro] was my man of the match, he managed to deal with James Keene, and we don't have to give [Gabadinho] Mhango space. We have to play him very tight and congested and we congested the pitch. It was pound for pound, we lost the goalkeeper [Denis Onyango to a knee ligament injury], yellow cards. We didn't want to be bullied hey, we had to give back.”