Makhubedu: We are a team with a strong character


Sekhukhune United head coach MacDonald Makhubedu felt his side showed a lot of character after going 2-0 down against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Babina Noko lost 2-0 to Sundowns after goals from Neo Maema and Themba Zwane, who scored from a controversial penalty.

TV replays showed a huge chunk of the ball hitting Nyiko Mobbie on his stomach inside the box from Peter Shalulile's strike, but Makhubedu did not want to be drawn into controversy of the awarding of the spot-kick.

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"Let's wait for Ace [Ngcobo] on Monday, Ace is always right. He's sitting at home, watching everything, he'll give us a good answer on Monday, to see if it was it [a penalty] or not," Makhubedu said on SuperSport TV.

"But nevertheless we played against a good team. It was a game of two halves, second-half we came back stronger, we wanted to manage them [in the second-half], they are a good side, you have to give them the respect they deserve.

"So we had to manage them in the first-half, they are a team that has been together for a long time, they're very forceful and we managed them.

"In the second-half we had to come back stronger, bring in two out-and-out wingers in Vusimuzi Mncube and [Tshidiso] Patjie and take out [Nkanyiso] Madonsela who we wanted to use in our transitions and Pogiso [Mahlangu] also, centrally," he continued.

"Because in the first-half we had two tens, with two full-backs, so it was though, we wanted to neutralize them with [Khuliso] Mudau and [Lyle] Lakay, also [Themba] Zwane and [Neo] Maema and we did that, they had good possession in the first-half but they were not hurting us.

"So second-half we had to go at them and we went there but unfortunately the penalty came but it didn't take us down, we went again. Even when it was still 2-0, with respect to Sundowns, I saw us equalising. With ten minutes to go I thought we were going to get it.

"We are a team with a strong character, when we defend we defend as a team, we defend from our nine there, we don't defend when people are on our box.

"Yes we start with our medium block, you go past them, then our low block will always be strong, we will always be stronger, we're compact, we work for each other and we've got speed at the back also.

"So when we defend we defend as a team, when you score, you score, teams like Sundowns will always open you up, they're a good side," he added.

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