Mamelodi Sundowns' unstoppable run came to a screeching halt on Friday night.
Premier Soccer League (PSL) debutants Cape Town City completed the double over the Tshwane giants.
Lebogang Manyama’s solitary strike was enough to give the Citizens victory and send them to the top of the PSL table.
In the aftermath of Masandawana’s defeat, coach Pitso Mosimane downplayed the loss expressing that the result would not influence where Sundowns will finish on the league table.
The 52-year-old coach also acknowledged that the Mother City- based outfit were the better team on the night.
“It’s not a title defining game. We lost to a good team, we lost the way we thought we could lose.,” Mosimane told SuperSport TV.
“They are a transitional team, very good on the break and well-organised. They wait for you to commit and once they get the ball they go out, that’s the way they scored against Orlando Pirates," he said.
“It’s the way they play and it suits them, it is good for them and they have the players and personnel to play that kind of game and they deserved a win.”
The former Bafana Bafana tactician also stated that his side had chances to win the match, but fatigue played a role in their loss
“They lost many chances they could have scored and we also lost the chances we could have scored, it’s football,” Mosimane added.
“It’s a 1-0 game and whoever scores takes the game, we didn’t score, we did not take our chances. But we are in a position that it’s okay to take a loss and you got to accept, they were fresher they didn’t play the whole week," he continued.
“They waited 7 days to play against us, we played on Tuesday, we played on Wednesday, we played on Friday and we playing on Monday.
Nonetheless, Mosimane believes that the defending PSL champions are still on track in their pursuit for league glory.
“We are on par with what we want to do and in fact we have surpassed our objectives,” Mosimane said.
“We are fine, we lost to a good team, we lost a good game, they played well they were fresher they were quicker than us on the break.“They play very well, they have a very good attack and we must give them credit,” Mosimane concluded.