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Sundowns exited from the Nedbank Cup following a 2-1 defeat to Platinum Stars at the Loftus Stadium on Sunday afternoon

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes Platinum Stars deserves to be in the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup, though he said that he didn’t think Dikwena would score against them.

Mosimane believes that his players executed the game plan well, but lacked concentration to dead ball situations.

“I think we lost to a good team. To be honest, I didn’t see them scoring any goals besides those two set pieces. We ball watched, but their normal play was not of a danger except the runs that was made by Mathe in the first half,” said Mosimane after the match.

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“We did our homework to make sure that we close down on Thuso (Phala) and (Lindokuhle) Mbatha and also to make sure that (Henrico) Botes doesn’t get behind us. Botes was calm and collected. Our tactics were right, but they were good. They kept the pressure,” he said.

The former Bafana coach believes they should have wrapped up the game in the first half despite missing a couple of chances in the second half with substitute Richard  Henyekane hitting the upright.

“We brought in speed at the end which worked out well with Richard getting the speed, but also I think we should have finished it in the first half,” added Mosimane.

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On the other hand, the Platinum Stars head coach Cavin Johnson believes his team will be happy to lift the trophy now that they have defeated Sundowns.

“I thought it was a normal cup game. They scored the first goal and we had to go for a broke. I think we still played our football and I can be very proud of the boys,” said Johnson.

“I think the Nedbank Cup is a good trophy for Platinum Stars. I think Platinum Stars is the only team that gives Nedbank a good advert for their colours,” added Johnson.    

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