Downs seek balance

Katlego Mashego of Mamelodi Sundowns.

Katlego Mashego of Mamelodi Sundowns.

Despite demolishing AmaZulu 7-1 in a league match on Tuesday, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane insists he has yet to find the balance in the team.

Mosimane feels the side is not yet where he wants them to be, even though he did admit that he was pleased with the manner which they responded after their Telkom Knockout disappointment of losing to Platinum Stars last weekend by coming back and hitting seven past an AmaZulu side who were admittedly out of sorts the entire evening.

“I guess we feel better from the remorse that we’ve been through from a terrible game we played last week against Platinum Stars,” Mosimane said.

“There is no difference between this game, last week’s game or the Bloemfontein Celtic game. The difference between the Celtic game and the Platinum Stars one is that we didn’t score against Stars.

“We came back, we were hurting. We know why we lost against Platinum Stars. We gave it away. “I’m so happy because we were really hurting. It took a lot of motivation from me coming to this game. What more can I ask? I’m happy.”

Katlego Mphela and Katlego Mashego, pictured, both scored twice for Downs and Hlompo Kekana, Cuthbert Malajila and Dove Wome got their names on the scoresheet. Sthembiso Ngcobo scored Usuthu’s only goal from the penalty spot.

“We did the business, we scored goals. The play was not smooth, but I’m happy that even if we are not playing well, we get the chances,” said Mosimane.

“We still have to find the balance, that’s why the game was not smooth. Clive Barker is showing his experience at Aces. He signed more players than me and his team is settled at the moment. Aces are a good side and he has put it together so quickly.

“I’ve not played some players. I still have to find a proper balance, this is a five-year plan and we will get there.” AmaZulu assistant coach William Mugeyi admitted that his defence let them down on the night, but also feels that the fact that they’ve not been playing for a while resulted in the massacre.

“We are very disappointed with the result,” Mugeyi said. “Credit to Sundowns, they played well. We were way off the pace and we were always second with the ball. We were not sharp enough. I think it’s also a result of not playing for so long.

“It’s an advantage to Sundowns that they played at the weekend and I think we last played three weeks ago. “We had a bad start and from there we started panicking. We conceded a goal in the first minute so they put us on the back foot and we could not recover.

“From then, goals were raining in.”




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