We fought hard for this, says Mosi­mane

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Michael­son Gumede

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.

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