Silva lets Down his team

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - MARK GLEE­SON

Mamelodi Sun­downs coach Pitso Mosi­mane was ir­ri­tated that his striker Toni Silva in­sisted he was okay to play last Sun­day in the key Premier League clash against Bid­vest Wits, but then bat­tled with flu and had to be taken off at half time.

Added to that, Silva was back in ac­tion again on Wed­nes­day when he fea­tured for his coun­try‚ Guinea-Bis­sau‚ in their African Na­tions Cup qual­i­fier in Zam­bia‚ which they lost 21.

Mosi­mane trusted the player’s judge­ment, although he warned him he was giv­ing him the ben­e­fit of the doubt and had felt let down when Silva lasted only 45 min­utes in the 11 draw against Wits‚ miss­ing a gilt-edge break­away chance in the process.

Silva went up against his Sun­downs goal­keep­ing col­league Kennedy Mweene in the clash in Ndola‚ which was Zam­bia’s first win of the 2019 qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign‚ and put them back on track to qual­ify.

Cap­tain Mweene made a hor­ror mis­take near the end to gift the op­po­si­tion a goal and leave Zam­bia hav­ing to hang on grimly in the end to win.

Or­lando Pi­rates striker Justin Shonga got the win­ner as he formed part of the at­tack along­side club-mate Au­gus­tine Mu­lenga.

The Polok­wane City mid­fielder Salu­lani Phiri‚ who had been sus­pended for his club’s last two games in the PSL‚ came on as a sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute for Zam­bia.

Mar­itzburg United’s Brian Onyango also played in the Na­tions Cup qual­i­fiers on Wed­nes­day, as he re­turned to the Kenyan team for their 0-0 draw in Ethiopia.

Pic­ture: Charlé Lom­bard/GALLO IMAGES

NOT HIS BEST: Toni Silva lasted 45 min­utes for Mamelodi Sun­downs when his team took on Bid­vest Wits, af­ter hav­ing in­sisted he was fine to play, de­spite suf­fer­ing from flu.

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