Six games, six defeats for Downs
The Brazilians’ best efforts couldn’t save them from yet another loss
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane will attest that football can humble you. He recently told all who cared to listen that there was no competition for the Brazilians in the country. However, it turns out there is a lot of competition for the CAF Super Cup and CAF Champions League champions, and Mosimane once again had to eat humble pie yesterday.
Sundowns have now gone six matches without a win in all competitions. The most hurtful and embarrassing must be yesterday’s – they were knocked out of the Nedbank Cup last-16 by a determined Golden Arrows.
Sundowns came to this game hoping to arrest their decline, but struggled and were sent packing.
Nduduzo Sibiya’s 66th-minute strike was all the Arrows needed for a memorable win, putting them through to the quarterfinals.
Sundowns now have only the Absa Premiership and the CAF Champions League to contend with.
Credit should go to the Arrows, whose game plan was clearly to frustrate the home side in front of their supporters. They stuck to their plan and weathered the Downs’ onslaught throughout the match.
How Sundowns failed to score is hard to fathom as they controlled this scrappy affair and had endless chances. But, in keeping with their previous five games – in which they scored only once – they lacked composure in front of goals. Perhaps this is a sign that they are low on confidence.
Overall, it was Sundowns all the way as they controlled the proceedings and asked all the questions, but they were left frustrated by Arrows’ resolute defending.
The home side always looked promising when going forward, but credit should go to the visitors, who did not crack under pressure. Other results:
Chippa United 2-0 Polokwane City; Free State Stars 1-4 Orlando Pirates