Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane would have preferred his men to subject Chippa United to a massacre, with an avalanche of goals at Loftus Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Sundowns beat Chippa by 3-0, courtesy of goals by Nicholus Lukhubeni, Themba Zwane and Sibusiso Vilakazi, in a match where Mosimane felt Sundowns should have increased their goal tally considering Norman Mapeza’s side were a man down.
“Let’s be honest. The score line is not a true reflection of the game. I am not happy with my team. Of course we are happy with three points, three goals but if you really look at the game and the opportunities that we got,” said Mosimane.
Sundowns fluffed many chances due to poor decision making. It was a case of poor technical application or hurrying or delaying to pull the trigger in a duel where Chippa’s defence was in sixes and sevens.
“In the first half, it’s unbelievable. Basics of player inside the box alone. . . Instead of controlling the ball and burying the ball, they want to do first time finish. You can apply first time to finish but you must have the technique of first time finish.
“If you don’t have the technique to finish the ball at first time, the ball goes to row 11. It’s not nice. It doesn’t look good for them, for my team, I am part of the team. It’s embarrassing. All the time, players must take two touches. In South Africa, very few players . . . have the Kermit Erasmus, who can finish the ball once. Not many. In the second half, it was indecisiveness,” lamented Mosimane.
Mosimane’s counterpart Mapeza felt Chippa were hard done by the penalty.
“Where I was seated I didn’t see it clearly but there was some pulling each other there but I thought, when I spoke to the fourth official, because he gave them a penalty, why the red card? But the rules we read, the FIFA rules, they say if you he gives a penalty, you can’t punish them twice. So it was supposed to be a penalty or maybe a red card. But it was a penalty and a red card. They know better than us,” said Mapeza.
Though Mosimane’s side benefited from the penalty, the former Bafana Bafana coach sympathized with the former Zimbabwean international and his team.
“I mean they got a red card, which in my opinion, I don’t think should be a red card. Unless the player said something to the referee, which is indecent, then it should be a red card. But if it is a red card because of the penalty, I am happy to be wrong, I will hear what the experts are saying, but if a player gets a red card for fouling inside the box, you punish him with a penalty, you can’t punish him twice. We are all very far. Maybe he said something, you never know,” said Mosimane.
With Chiefs having lost to Marizburg United on Saturday night, Mosimane’s men will be confident when they take on Bloemfontein Celtic this coming Wednesday. A win for Sundowns will have them reduce the gap to just four points.
By Hosea Ramphekwa