Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has expressed disappointment following his men’s share of the spoils with Petro de Launda in the CAF Champions League clash on Saturday.
Mosimane, whose men had already qualified for the quarterfinals, had hoped his charges would brush aside Petro to guarantee their qualification as group leaders.
However, the Brazilians were held to a 2-2 draw at Estadio 11 de Novembro in Angola. The result means either Sundowns or Waydad Casablaca can finish at the top of Group C. Mosimane would have preferred to wrap the top spot in Luanda.
“I am not happy with the performance but we got the point. We could do better. My team can do better to be honest,” said Mosimane.
“We tried to play but I don’t know if we really tried hard today. I didn’t see my team try very hard to win this game to be honest. The mentality . . . sometimes the players, they know they have already qualified and they don’t bring the right intensity to the match. It’s okay. Mathematically it’s okay if you look at the group. At this point in time, we are top but we still have not qualified top of the group till match day six happens.
“Unfortunately we still have to play for results in South Africa.”
Sundowns had taken the lead through a Gaston Sirino penalty before Ricardo Estevao equalised via a penalty just before half time. Petro went ahead courtesy of a goal by Jacques Tuyisenge. They held onto the lead for the better part of the match before Motjeka Madisha equalised in referee’s optional time.
“Petro played much better than in South Africa. Even the result is saying that. They scored two goals. In South Africa, they didn’t score a goal. We scored two goals away which is good. For us, we haven’t lost a game in the group. We have never achieved so many points away as a team. We got five points out of nine away. At home we got six . . . 11 points to be in a good position,” said Mosimane.
What Mosimane expected to be an official friendly when Sundowns host Waydad next week Saturday, will now be a fierce contest as both sides would want to finish top of the group to avoid big guns from other group.
By Hosea Ramphekwa