Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has labeled Musa nyatama’s equaliser a sucker punch following their 1-all draw with Swallows FC in a DStv Premiership clash on Saturday at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium.
The Brazilians are yet to lose a game in the top-flight this season and are still on top of the table with 27 points from 13 outings. As a result, Bafana Ba Style are level on points with SuperSport United and Maswaiswai, who are placed second and third respectively.
“We started the game very well with a high press and we wanted to press them from the back and that is where the goal came from. We did a lot of good work in the first half where we made sure that we did not give them time and that gave us a more dominant first half,” Mngqithi told the club’s official website.
“In the second half, we were dragged because they were playing more long ball and we had to make changes like Pitso to try and close down Vuyo Mere and close down Lebo Mokoena with Vilakazi and that worked tremendously well, but unfortunately, they kept pumping the balls forward and we knew they will get the fouls and set pieces and we were punished from that.”
However, an unfazed Dube Birds came back in the last minutes of the game with a goal from Nyatama, who headed the ball from a rebound after Denis Onyango had made a good save from the set-piece.
“The equaliser was a sucker punch, those last five minutes our players lost character, started kicking the balls out and not playing even when they had options around them and resulted in the foul,” adds the 49-year-old mentor.
“The truth of the matter is it felt bad in a game where you think you did everything in your power to get the result and it was at the death of the game where we conceded that silly goal.”
By Mauwane Raophala