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Mariveni United deserve credit, says Sundowns coach Mosimane

8:33 AM GMT 07/03/2017
Pitso Mosimane of Mamelodi Sundowns
Mosimane praised the performance of Masandawana's fringe players following their 2-0 win over Mariveni United in the Nedbank Cup on Monday night

Mamelodi Sundowns booked their place in the Last 16 of the Nedbank Cup. It took 50 minutes before Masandawana eventually found the breakthrough against a stubborn Mariveni United defence.

After the match, Pitso Mosimane was pleased with the performance of his players and praised man of the match Motjeka Madisha for his exploits on the night.

"A typical cup game," Mosimane said post-match.

"I must give credit to the opponents; they played very well... [they were] organised. I told the coach he is a good coach and also I'm happy for Madisha. To bring the boys from the MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) and come and win man of the match that's what the MDC is for," he said.

"And when Samuel Julies came on... in fact I should have brought him in earlier to be honest. He did exceptionally well there as a number 10 and this is encouraging. Unfortunately, I couldn't play Flavio Bento because I have players who have been really waiting on the sidelines in the senior team to come and play, but if I could, I would have made more changes and give the guys of the MDC a little bit of a run," he continued.

The 52-year-old also heaped praise on the opposition goalkeeper Hlulani Mbhumbi, who denied the Brazilians’ attack on multiple occasions.

"I'd also want to give my man of match to the goalkeeper," Mosimane said.

"He reminds me of (Francis) Chansa. I was talking to Manqoba (Mngqithi), and you know he gets those balls he is slimkat (versatile). They deserve to be in the next round, but unfortunately we have to go through because we have got expectations, you know if you don't win it is pressure," added Mosimane.

The former Bafana Bafana coach also explained why his team initially struggled to breakdown the Mariveni defence.

"It's just tactical movements, that is why we fixed it at half-time," said the Sundowns coach.

"You saw when we came back in the second half; we could have the triangles right, but you must also understand that some of the guys have not being playing for long. To find the triangles we have without Percy (Tau), Mshishi (Zwane), Kekana, Mabunda and Khama (Billiat) is not very easy, but I am also happy that Leo (Castro) scored. He played well." 

"We have a game in three days, sometimes you don't want to say how well you played. We play every three days and that is part of our lives, so we have to continue," Mosimane concluded.