Despite Mamelodi Sundowns getting off to a winning start at the expense of Pretro de Luanda in their CAF Champions League Group C opener, coach Pitso Mosimane was nowhere near cloud nine.
Mosimane, who side won 3-0 with goals by Mauricio Affonso, Motjeka Madisha and Sphelele Mkhulise, feels his men could have turned Loftus Stadium into a slaughter house on Saturday night.
By and large Sundowns had a relatively easy clash in a one-sided match where the Angolans punched below weight offensively and defensively hence Mosimane would have preferred a win with a rugby score line.
“I am a little bit unhappy with my team in the final third. I think when they realised we could free flow, we were stuck on free flow than being shrewd and really taking the game as early as possible with a good lead,” Mosimane reflected.
“With the resistance that we had, I think we could have scored two more goals. We found our passing lines easier. We could find our guys in the middle. We could control the game. The resistance was not strong but don’t be deceived by this because in Angola it’s a different story,” said Mosimane, the 2016 CAF Champions League winner.
“I was telling them at half time that when we played the guys from Seychelles the resistance was not that strong but we were decisive in the final third. We did a lot of good things. Because they play Champions League and they know they have to keep zero behind, they wanted to make sure that the other team doesn’t score. Sometime you can defend with the ball by denying the ball.”
Though the Angolans were outplayed and their coach Toni Cosano attributed their loss to the strength of the PSL .
“It’s obviously that we are in a league that is way harder than ours. In this competition if you make a mistake you pay for it. That’s what happened,” said Cosano.
“Our league is not that competitive compared to South Africa. We are the best in Angola and the competition here is much harder. Now we know that since the competition is way harder, we have to work harder so that we can be competitive,” said Cosano, whose side still has to face Waydad Casablanca and USM Alger.
“We are in the Group which is one of the strongest in the Champions League. We will try to give our best when we play home and away. It’s obvious that every time we play at home, the way we are going to play is going to be way different because of the supporters.”
Mosimane will be hoping his men are ruthless when they face Waydad in Casablanca on December 7, the same day Cosano’s charges welcome USM Alger in Luanda.
Sundowns currently lead the group with three points. The Moroccans and Algerians have a point each while the Angolans languish at the bottom.
By Hosea Ramphekwa