Two second half goals by Hlompho Kekana and Motjeka Madisha were the difference on the night as Masandawana secured a valuable three points. Following the victory on Friday, Sundowns’ coach Pitso Mosimane was satisfied with his team’s performance against a tricky Abafana Bes’thende and praised the Sundowns assistant coaches for making the right changes on the night.
The second half introduction of Teko Modise, sparked new life in Sundowns’ creative department and the veteran was instrumental in the Brazilians’ victory.
“They (Arrows) always stretch us to pieces, and they did the same thing. They have the speed, that’s why they put the five players up front. They are quick,” Mosimane told SuperSport TV after the game.
“Denis (Onyango) saved us.
“His saves were crucial and Denis (Onyango) came to the party at the right time. He’s African footballer of the year, he needs to come at the right time.
“(Hlompho) Kekana came, showed experience. Teko (Modise) came, he showed experience, but I must congratulate my assistants. They called the subs tonight, I never called any sub. They called the subs, it’s unbelievable,” Mosimane added.
The 52-year-old also had some words of encouragement for talismanic forward Khama Billiat, who has struggled to rediscover his scoring form of late.
"Khama (Billiat) must be patient, he'll get his goal,” Mosimane said.
“It’s tough times, you have to grind and make sure that you don’t concede. It’s important for us (not to concede). It was a difficult game and we need to keep taking it one game at a time.”
“It’s really difficult for teams now. When we sit back, to come through, that’s why we got the breaks in the last three, four minutes.
“We need to go on like this,” Mosimane concluded.