Pitso: They came back to bite me


Pitso Mosimane took it on the chin after seeing his former players inflict a 4-2 defeat on his Mamelodi Sundowns team in the Shell Helix Ultra Cup.

Sundowns were hammered 4-2 by Amakhosi at FNB Stadium on Saturday as man of the match Leonardo Castro grabbed a hat-trick, with the other goal was scored by Khama Billiat, both of whom were once the leading players for The Brazilians.

Mosimane praised both his former players following their superb performances on Saturday.

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"They were clinical in the first half and they did the job in the first half because in football you must take the chances you get. You can't wait for the next half because you don't know what will happen," said Mosimane.

"We lost to a good team, very strong team, powerful team, hard-running. The CB[D] was on fire. They reminded me of the days they were with me. They came back to bite me, the boys.

"It's good to see them play like this because that's what they are. They played well."

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Mosimane said even the top coaches in the world get beaten by big margins and believes the scoreline at Soccer City on Saturday was not a big embarrassment.

"Nobody scores four goals against Mamelodi Sundowns. I don't know if I have lost by four before, I don't remember," he added.

"But it's okay, it happens to Pep [Guardiola], it happens to [Jose] Mourinho, it happens to Alex Ferguson and so who am I?

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"I think Ernst [Middendorp] got four goals from me before. I remember giving him four. So these things do happen. It's okay, its' part of the game, it's football. We are okay. We're checking the depth, we're doing housekeeping issues. 

"But they [Chiefs] were strong, they prepared well. They did a good pre-season, no top eight, no nothing, no Champions League, none of these things of going to flights."

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