Kaizer Chiefs suffered their first home loss for the season, with a 1-0 blow against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday evening
Sundowns go level on points at the top of the table with Kaizer Chiefs after a 1-0 win at the FNB Stadium, courtesy of a 76th minute goal by maestro Teko Modise. The two sides are level on 52 points at the summit, although the AmaKhosi have a game in hand.
Brazilian mentor Pitso Mosimane was delighted with his sides narrow victory, but acknowledges that the title race is yet to be decided.
“Yes, it was a big game, we responded well, it is important we went there and got the result,” Mosimane said after the match.
“The guys are there, they fight and they work very hard. Let's be honest, it was a one-goal game. We got it, we earned it, we are sweating for it.
“I told you that whoever wins it, is never, never going to get it on a silver platter,” he added.
With five games remaining in the league for Sundowns and six for Chiefs, anything is possible as the title race is in its' final stages.
"But let's be honest, it's only three points, it doesn't mean anything. You can't win tonight and then you go on Wednesday to Bloemfontein Celtic and you don't concentrate,” said Mosimane.
The Brazilians started the match with a real surge of energy and enthusiasm down the left wing. With Mosimane’s men instructed with a precise tactical approach, and this was evident as they continuously penetrated the Chiefs defense and restricted them from the ball.
“If you keep Shabba quiet, you are okay. (Wilard) Katsande can have the ball, he's not so much of a harm,” Mosimane said with regards to his approach into the game.
“Watch (Reneilwe Letsholonyane) Yeye coming in, and you deal with the Zimbabwean striker (Kingston Nkhatha).
"We are lucky that Knowledge is not there, he is the one that concedes. (George) Lebese looks good but doesn't score so much. So it's okay, you can let Morgan (Gould) have the ball, you know where he's gonna kick it.
“So it's there, it's clear, we are waiting for it, there's nothing new,” he said.
Mosimane was struck with a blow to his tactical plan when Mzikayise Mashaba was substituted due to an injury, which forced him with a different approach.
“Ja, you could see what problems he was causing for them on the right hand side. But, it's football, it’s a professional game and injuries will always be there. We replied with Langerman, he struggled a little with Shabba.
“We had a strong bench, we could bring on good subs through (Cuthbert) Malajila and Khama (Billiat). I was afraid of Kekana, he was on a yellow card, he was skating on thin ice and he was the key man in the midfield, but I had to sacrifice him,” said Mosimane.