Local News 28.7.2016 11:52 am

We did not have to win – Pitso

Sundowns head coach, Pitso Mosimane. Photo: Lee Warren / Gall Images

Sundowns head coach, Pitso Mosimane. Photo: Lee Warren / Gall Images

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says his side did not need to collect all three points against Zamalek last night, but only needed a draw.

“We did not have to win, we were able to play our normal game. Zamalek came here for a draw, they sat back a lot and we controlled the midfield with Teko Modise and Hlompho Kekana,” said Mosimane.

Mosimane was full of praises for Modise, who came in for suspended Tiyani Mabunda – “The General” was the string-puller in the middle of the park.

“You know that when you give Modise space, he will prove that he is quality on the ball, he dictated the game for us and brought confidence to us.”

The former Bafana Bafana coach also heaped praises on young Percy Tau, who seems to be Mosimane’s master stroke in the Champions League.

It was Tau’s lowly hit cross that forced Zamalek defender Ali Gabr to turn the ball into the back of his own net in the 79th minute.

“Tau is always a game changer, especially when they did not press us on the ball and we spread all the passes … very good.”

Despite the cold weather conditions last night, Sundowns supporters went out in their numbers to cheer their team, and Mosimane is greatful for the support.

“It is good … they are here and they are supporting us – they are brave. Chilly weather but they are okay, so it is good, we just have a good momentum. We only wish one day that we could just fill the stadium,” he added.

Sundowns lead Group B with nine points, and they will face the runners-up of Group A. Zamalek are second with three points in the three-team group, needing just a draw against rock-bottom Nigerian giants Enyimba. In Group A, record holders Al Ahly managed a 1-0 win against Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca last night to put themselves back in contention – they are on four points with two games to go. Zesco United and Asec Mimosas played to a one-all draw.

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Chiefs 2-0 Maritz United
Plat Stars 0-1 Baroka
Polokwane 3-2 Highlands
Maritzburg Utd 0-1 SuperSport
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# Team GP Pts
1 Orlando Pirates 3 7
2 Bidvest Wits 3 7
3 Arrows 3 6
4 Chippa United 2 4
5 Platinum Stars 2 4
6 Kaizer Chiefs 3 4
7 Cape Town City 3 4
8 Maritzburg Utd 3 4
9 SuperSport United 3 4
10 Highlands Park 2 3
11 Ajax Cape Town 3 2
12 Polokwane City 3 2
13 Sundowns 1 1
14 Bloem Celtic 2 1
15 Free State Stars 3 1
16 Baroka FC 2 1