It came as a surprise that Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane took off Andile Jali at halftime in their 1-0 defeat to Orlando Pirates on Wednesday night in Soweto.
Mosimane, however, said since Jali got a yellow card for a foul on Luvuyo Memela just before the break, it was risky to keep him for the second half, hence he took him off and put in Tiyani Mabunda.
“AJ, I had to protect him tonight,” said Mosimane.
It was the first time Jali played at Orlando – his former home, since he joined Sundowns last year and Mosimane seemingly didn’t want Jali to be over-awed by the emotions.
“I just don’t wanna play 10 against 11. Shuga (Tiyani Mabunda) came in and played so well,” added Mosimane.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa
at Orlando Stadium