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David Kannemeyer: Mamelodi Sundowns' friendly against Barcelona will boost their confidence ahead of Horoya test

12:12 IST 19/05/2018
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The former Masandawana defender believes that despite the Tshwane giant's defensive mistakes against Barca, they have nothing to worry about

In the wake of Mamelodi Sundowns' 3-1 defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday evening, ex-Masandawana defender David Kannemeyer believes there is no need to press panic buttons.

The Cape Town-born left back explains that Sundowns played well against one of the best teams in the world and that the encounter will lift their morale.

The Brazilians are on the road to Guinea as they look to honour their second Caf Champions League Group C fixture on Tuesday against Horoya AC.

Meanwhile, as a result of two soft goals conceded against the Blaugrana, many questions have been raised about the Tshwane side’s defensive frailties.

Errors by Bangaly Soumahoro and Hlompho Kekana handed the Spanish giants two soft goals while they could not do anything about the other as Barca cut through the Sundowns defence using their creativity.

Moreover, coach Pitso Mosimane defended his men saying that they were perhaps hit by stage fright and was not too concerned regarding his last line of defence.

Echoing the coach’s sentiments, the former Cape Town Spurs defender said ‘Jingles’ will sort out their errors at the back to ensure that they bounce back on the continent.

Sundowns drew 1-1 against Wydad Casablanca in their opening match and will now want a win to keep their ambitions of a second star alive.

“I don’t think there are concerns for now, they have a great team and good defenders,” Kannemeyer told Goal in an exclusive interview on Saturday.

“They played against the best in the world and I am sure they learned a thing or two when it comes to defending,” he said.

“Sundowns played well, they deserved the credit and I don’t think they were scared to play their normal game,” he acknowledged.

“I think their failure was not to take their chances on Wednesday and coach Pitso will work on that as well,” continued the former Ajax Cape Town youth coach.

“Playing against Barcelona will boost them for sure and [they] will head to Horoya with a positive mindset,” he said.

“We all know they have done well in the continent and they have a chance to lift the trophy for the second time,” he added.

Speaking about the fact that Orlando Pirates and Kannemeyer's former club Kaizer Chiefs will join the 2016 African champions in next year’s continental competitions, the 40-year-old said it is good news for the country.

“I think maybe Bra K (Kaizer Motaung) will sit down and make a good decision in employing a great coach, but I think he will give Patrick (Mabedi) a chance,” noted the former defender.

“He has done well so far after he was given a chance and they also have to buy a few players, strengthen the squad,” he reacted.

“It is good news they have made their return to the Caf Confederation Cup and for me Bernard Parker deserves a new contract – he has done well and they will need his experience,” said the legend.

“Buying a few players will definitely bring a trophy or two in the cabinet, that is what is missing for now, a trophy and the club will go back to glory,” he concluded.