Six games, six de­feats for Downs

The Brazil­ians’ best ef­forts couldn’t save them from yet an­other loss

CityPress - - Sport - TIMOTHY MOLOBI at Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium timothy@city­

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

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