Vasili Manousakis talks up Cape Town City's performance in loss to Mamelodi Sundowns
Posted: 5 February 2018 Time: 09:45
Cape Town City assistant coach Vasili Manousakis feels his team made log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns look “average” despite their league defeat on Friday night.
The Citizens were industrious, creating a number of chances, yet were ultimately undone by a superb piece of work by Percy Tau, who exquisitely laid the ball off for Khama Billiat to finish as Sundowns emerged 1-0 victors in an action-packed game at Athlone Stadium – a result which Manousakis feels was unfair on his men.
“I am still speechless,” the City assistant coach said. “The first half was so one-sided, I think the boys played unbelievably well.
“To be fair, we made that Sundowns team look very, very average in the first half, but as we said, all the attempts and corners – I think we had 10 or 11 corners – counts for nothing if you don’t put the ball in the back of the net.
“They just needed one chance, a lapse in concentration, two missed tackles, the ball goes in, and we walk away with nothing.”
Manousakis was very proud of his team’s performance, and hopes new signing Matthew Rusike will solve the side’s scoring woes in future.
“We are very proud of the boys; I don’t think we could have played better, obviously just the ball in the back of the net,” he said. “But that has been a problem now for the last few weeks; hopefully Matthew Rusike sorts that out for us.”
City are next in action on Wednesday as they face off against Bidvest Wits in their Nedbank Cup Last 32 clash at Bidvest Stadium.