Mamelodi Sundowns’ Caf Champions League campaign resumed on Saturday evening with a goalless draw against Ethiopia’s Saint George.
The draw has subsequently put the Tshwane giants on the backfoot in defence of their title. In the aftermath of Saturday’s result, Masandawana coach Pitso Mosimane has hit out at his players for their lacklustre showing.
The 52-year-old believes that Sundowns are now under pressure to gain a positive result in their upcoming games on the continent.
“This was like a nice Sunday afternoon league game for the over-30’s- nothing at stake, no rush, just entertainment,” Mosimane told the media.
“Such a performance would not win us the Champions League. We didn’t have venom in attack. I’m disappointed with my players.
“I have never seen a game as mild as this one. Maybe the players were tired or mentally affected by something, I will talk to them and find out. But it was poor performance.
“We were not aggressive up-front and I’m worried. But we have to roll up our sleeves and win in Kinshasa in tough conditions,” Mosimane added.
Next up for the Brazilians is a must-win league encounter against Maritzburg United and Mosimane has stated that they will need to be at their best on Wednesday night.
“A similar performance will not cut it against Maritzburg. They are not an easy team to beat,” Mosimane concluded.