Joel Masilela calls for patience after Sundowns' Telkom Knockout exit

The former Masandawana star believes the reigning PSL champions will get back to winning ways despite losing to Bakgaka Ba Mphahlele

Former Mamelodi Sundowns  Joel Masilela believes that the Brazilians will bounce back after their shocking loss to Baroka FC  in the Telkom Knockout Cup on Saturday afternoon.

'Fire' as he affectionately known as, said coach Pitso Mosimane planned well for the clash at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, but playing Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele is always tricky as they bagged their first win over the reigning Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions.

“I think it's part of football, difficult and it was a Cup match against Baroka and I am not saying to undermine them or disrespect them, but it's difficult to predict the result gainst Baroka because they have the that tag of a small team," Masilela told Goal.

“They tend to rise to the occasion and it was one of those days for Sundowns, and I know coach Pitso went into the match with good tactics, but things went wrong and it's bad for the club to lose the trophy," he added.

“There is pressure and the guys are looking for goals after playing good football, but nothing worked for us. I mean they controlled the game but I feel they need some luck and goals,” he noted.

“Talking about pressure at Sundowns, you can't motivate your players against Sundowns and they also wanted to prove a point to their coach who was not available," said the former winger.

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“If you play for Sundowns there is always pressure because they are a big team. The name itself is pressure, just like (Kaizer) Chiefs and (Orlando) Pirates they are under pressure," he responded.

“In honest truth, the results are not coming well and we are knocked out of the MTN8 and TKO Cup, we need to be patient, I can say because the supporters are looking for results and be happy, but it's not just easy," advised the former Bafana Bafana international.

“It's a matter of time for Sundowns to get back to their old form and players such as (Ali) Meza, (Phakamani) Mahlambi and (Toni) Silva to adjust and settle down,” he concluded.