Mosimane frustrated following Sundowns draw

The Sundowns coach could only express his dismay after his side failed to grab all three points against a determined Golden Arrows outfit
Mamelodi Sundowns' coach Pitso Mosimane has expressed his frustration with his players and lamented the poor refereeing decisions made during his side's 1-1 draw against Golden Arrows.

The ex-Bafana Bafana coach believes that his side wasted golden opportunites to score and should have secured all three points against their opponents. He also targeted some of his stars who suffered from profligacy in front of goal.

"It's always that case, if you don't start very well, it's always difficult to turn things around in the second-half," Mosimane said after the match.

"I am very unhappy with a few big players of Sundowns - I think some of the people must go to the bench, because they are one-game wonders. They play well once and in the next game it’s another thing.

"We could have wrapped it up in the first-half. To change the game is a problem - now I had to risk and play an open game in the second-half. But I was prepared to go forward and open at the back than sit and say we will settle for a draw.

"There were so many chances, we made so many mistakes. We have to dig deeper now. Maybe it is a good wakeup call ahead of our Nedbank Cup on Friday."

Manqoba Mngqihiti was pleased with how his side handled Sundowns attacking tactics, by focusing on utilising their counter-attacking potential and was ultimately happy with the away point even though his side was also guilty of spurning good opportunities late on.  

"I think Sundowns did what we expected, to come at us bringing both full-backs simultaneously, and also their two wide midfielders playing out on the wing. That gave them numerical superiority in our half - but we knew that," he said.

"And we knew that every time we got possession we stood a chance of punishing them on the wide positions. It was unfortunate that we did not convert the chances that we got from these cases. But the goal we scored was an outcome of this.

"We compressed the space well and they could not play the normal game they wanted. In our breaks, we were not as fast as we would have liked, but I believe my goalkeeper did a sterling job as well.

"It's a very worthwhile point for me, though I would have loved three points."