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Sundowns coach offers repeat of past excuses as his club crash to bottom place

Johan Neeskens continued to trot out tired excuses about his Mamelodi Sundowns’ performances as the millionaire club crashed to the bottom of the table in midweek.

Neeskens, speaking in the wake of his club’s 3-1 loss to Orlando Pirates on Wednesday night, said he felt his side showed some positive form but been caught by defensive lapses.

But he failed to address tactical failings, a lack of fire power in midfield and the reasons for a general lack of confidence at the big-spending club, more used to challenging for titles than spending time in the basement of the league.

Neeskens, whose future is now again in doubt, said he would “keep talking to his players and keep working hard”.
 
“I can’t help the situation we are in but we can get out of it. I’m positive we will come out of it.”

“Hopefully we’ll see a better performance,” he said of their next Premier Soccer League outing, which is a derby encounter against high flying AmaTuks, who Sundowns did beat in the Telkom Knockout first round last month.

Sundowns have won just once in nine league games and have a paltry five points. It is the first time they have been in the bottom spot since 1984.

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