Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is a happy man.
The former Bafana Bafana mentor guided Downs to a 3-1 victory over Free State Stars in their Absa Premiership clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium at the weekend.
Goals from Khama Billiat and Themba Zwane in the opening half, plus a second-half strike from Man-of-the-Match Hlompho Kekana, secured maximum points for the Tshwane side. Andrea Fileccia pulled one back for Ea Lla Koto.
The Brazilians remain second, three points behind league leaders Bidvest Wits.
The match came to a halt when Billiat collided with goalkeeper Daouda Diakite and was stretchered off the field.
“I just wanted the three points and I’m happy with the three goals,” Mosimane said.|
“We had to respond because they overloaded the midfield and didn’t play with wingers.”
Downs are a 10-game unbeaten streak in all competitions following a poor start to the campaign.
Stars coach Ernst Middendorp, however, believed luck had deserted their side.
The German had hoped for revenge after suffering a 6-1 defeat to Sundowns in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout Cup in their previous meeting.
“We had a number of chances and we failed to take them,” Middendorp conceded.
“But the players gave everything and it was not for us.
“We obviously have to start winning more games, but with the attitude that they show on the pitch, I don’t think it will be long.”
Downs will now turn their attention to next month’s Telkom Knockout final against Kaizer Chiefs after the Premier Soccer League breaks for the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations.
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