The Mamelodi Sundowns coach opted for the inexperienced Buhle Mkhwanazi and in the process triggered questions as to what had happened to Pattison, who had prior to this match missed only two matches through suspension the entire season.
“Matthew has been sick. He had a running tummy for the past two weeks ever since we played (Mpumalanga) Black Aces (on March 2) he’s not been training… He lost two kilograms in a space of about 10 days,” Gorowa revealed.
The Zimbabwean-born coach feels it was the right decision to bench Pattison, despite coming off second best to Ezimnyama Ngenkani.
“He only started training on Monday so it could have been a risk if I started with him. So it was not ideal for him to play from the start so I thought he could come in later on,” Gorowa added.
Pattison replaced the ineffective Esrom Nyandoro in the 63rd minute and true to Gorowa’s words, Pattison made no impact.