Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has backed his number one goalkeeper Denis Onyango to recover mentally from a blunder that costed them 3 points against Golden Arrows.
The Brazilians suffered their second loss of the season after a 3-2 defeat to Abafana Bes’thende at a muddy Sugar Ray Xulu pitch on Sunday afternoon.
But it was a terrible blunder by the 2016 African-based CAF Player of the Year in the 60th minute after letting a ball slip through his legs that led to Arrows’ equalizer, through Danny Phiri.
Steve Komphela’s men went on to score 2 more goals through a brace by Zimbabwean forward Knox Mutizwa, before Sundowns found a late goal by Andile Jali for a 3-2 final score.
“We know how we lost to be honest,” said Mosimane.
“If you follow our team there is always a mistake that he (Onyango) commits once a year – but how many times does he save us? He is number one in Africa and has been number one for the last 3-4 years so number one in Africa can make mistakes. We have seen big goalkeepers making mistakes so we need to budget for that, and he will come and help us as usual so it’s okay. We are not getting emotional with Denis.”
This a second howler by the Ugandan international in 2019. Onyango was the culprit during a league match against Polokwane City in February which led to Rise and Shine stealing an equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Loftus Stadium.
Meanwhile, Mosimane said he hopes the pitch will be up to standard when they meet at the same venue in a Telkom Knockout semi-final fixture on Saturday, November 23.
“I don’t know if we can play the game here in this pitch because the drainage is not good and the guy who looks after the referees was also complaining about the some bad patches.
“I don’t know if the stadium can take the semi-finals, but I don’t wanna make that as an excuse, because both teams played here.”
By Ofhani Munyai and Amahle Siphungu