Mphahlele: Sundowns should play as a team

Sundowns defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele doesn’t believe that players are to blame for their 1-0 defeat against SuperSport United in the Tshwane derby played on Sunday
Following their 1-0 defeat at the hands of SuperSport United in the Tshwane derby, Mamelodi Sundowns defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele expressed his disappointment at losing against their arch-rivals, but has urged teammates to keep their heads up.

Mphahlele admitted that Mor Diouf’s 88th minute goal was out of this world, but he doesn’t believe that any of the Sundowns players were to blame for it.

“It’s cruel isn’t it? I mean, we played well the whole game, we had opportunities, but the coach said it in the changing room, that the game of football is cruel. He said the back four should concentrate and make sure of not letting anything in, but he (Mor Diouf) made something out of nothing. It's a good goal. We cannot fault anyone on that one,” said the disappointed Mphahlele.

Sundowns should have wrapped the game up in the first half, had they converted the majority of the chances they created, including the penalty that was missed by Nyasha Mushekwi, and Mphahlele believes that lady luck has turned her back on them in recent games.

“We just have to keep grinding. When you struggling as a team, things turn the other way,” he said.

The former under-23 captain, Mpahlele said that he is impressed with the attitude of his teammates, and the kind of football that Sundowns have been displaying, but revealed that putting the ball in the net has been their main concern.

“We just have to keep playing as a team. We are playing well. You can’t fault anyone’s attitude we putting it in, just that last touch for the net is not there - it’s missing,” added Mphahlele.

The Brazilians are still occupying 11th spot on the PSL log, having collected 23 points after 21 games, and are still hopeful of a top eight finish.