We fought hard for this, says Mosimane
Pitso Mosimane is delighted that his Mamelodi Sundowns side were able to end off the first half of the Absa Premiership season with a 1-0 win over Polokwane City at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday evening.
The defending champions threw everything at Rise and Shine, who were hard to break down for most of the game until Sibusiso Vilakazi (right) scored the winner in the 86th minute, beating Man-of-the-Match George Chigova who was excellent throughout.
“We earned this one. I am happy with 1-0. We were stubborn but they did not crack and the goalkeeper was unbelievable, it was tough for us and we earned the victory. We missed a lot of chances, Sphelele Mkhulise had two chances and we were anxious because we wanted to score and we were pushing and we broke the ice.
“What a game! I am happy they had the legs, I thought they would not have the legs after Bidvest Wits but they have got heart and character, it is all in the mind and in the character,” Mosimane told SuperSport TV.
Downs’ next assignment is a Caf Champions League group stage match away to Algerian side USM Alger two days after Christmas day.
“We are playing on the 27th, we will try to have Christmas in Algiers with the boys, I don’t know how we are going to do it. We will probably do it with the embassy to gift ourselves something,” Mosimane said.
His counterpart Clinton Larsen, who took charge of City for the first time, said losing to
Masandawana is something they cannot complain about.
“We lost to a good team ... I thought that we forced them to play over the top and we frustrated them, forcing them to play the long ball.
“It was a lapse of concentration in the end and we got punished but by then the legs were gone ... our left fullback was starting to cramp but we know what to work on in the second round and we will continue to push,” Larsen said.