Rise and Shine have turned into somewhat of a bogey team for Masandawana of late as Rodney Ramagalela’s heroics gave City the three vital points. But with the defeat signalling Sundowns’ second loss on the trot, following the game, an understandably frustrated coach Pitso Mosimane hit out at his team’s performance on the weekend. The 53-year-old explained that he hoped that the defeat would come as a wake-up call to his troops.
“I hope that this defeat is a wake-up call,” Mosimane was quoted as saying by The Star.
“I was very angry with my players. (There was a) lack of integrity (in their performance).
"The second half was the worst I have seen since I came into the team. We should have wrapped up the match in the first half,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Mosimane stated that the 2017/2018 season has had a strange feeling to it as Sundowns have already suffered five defeats since the beginning of the season.
“This is a funny season,” Mosimane said.
“I have been around for many years but I have never seen anything like this. We have lost many games (five in 15 matches in the Absa Premiership) and that’s unlike us.
"Since I have been at Sundowns I don’t remember us losing six or seven league matches in a season, yet this was our fifth loss and we are only at the halfway mark. But it’s not about how many matches you win or lose. It’s about what’s going to happen at the end of the season,” Mosimane added.
Nonetheless, the Brazilians’ coach is still optimistic that his team can turn their fortunes around as they head into the next game against Ajax Cape Town.
"Hopefully we will stay on top. But we need to play to remain on top, and when I say play to remain on top I am not saying we don’t have a game plan I am saying that we need to be mentally stronger. But sometimes defeats like this are a wake-up call. Let’s see. Maybe they will respond better against Ajax. That’s when you see the character of the team,” he expressed.