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Mamelodi Sundowns let Wydad Casablanca off the hook, admits Pitso Mosimane

4:16 PM MYT 06/05/2018
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane
Masandawana were left to rue their mistakes as they were held to a draw by the defending champions in Tshwane on Saturday night

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane was less than pleased after his side played out to a 1-1 draw against Wydad Casablanca in the opening game of their Caf Champions League group stage campaign on Saturday night.

Masandawana took the lead early on through and own goal by the Wydad defender, only to surrender their advantage on the 20-minute mark following a lapse of concentration by Tebogo Langerman who was guilty of not playing to the whistle.

The full back’s mistake allowed the ever dangerous Ismail El Haddad to charge into the box and send his header past Onyango.

Following the encounter, Masandawana coach Mosimane lamented the error as he felt his side were once again their own worst enemy on a frustrating night in Tshwane.

“We let them off the hook. One mistake at the back, it's nearly the same mistake we committed against Maritzburg when Denis (Onyango) missed the ball and Langerman lost concentration,” Mosimane reflected in his post-match interview with SuperSport TV.

“We gave them a gift, from South Africa to Morocco,” Mosimane lamented.

“They were happy (with a point), we pushed them back, they can’t take the pressure, they have to sit back, they’re playing for a point, that’s smart,” he explained.

“But the goalkeeper kills time hey. He reminds me of one of the goalkeepers in South Africa. But it’s okay, we tried to win,” the 53-year-old mentor continued.

But despite the draw, Mosimane revealed that he wasn’t too unhappy with his side’s overall performance on the night, especially against the Caf Champions League defending champions.

“Esperance and all come here and park the bus. What can you do? But we tried. These are the champions of Africa and we put them under pressure,” he said.

"We could have done it better but I’m not unhappy with the performance of the boys, it’s mistakes, we pay heavy for our mistakes,” Mosimane lamented.

“These guys were never there. The only way they could score is through set-pieces, that’s all,” he concluded.

Sundowns' attention will now fall on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for the final time this season, where they will take on Bloemfontein Celtic in what is expected to be a celebratory atmosphere as the Brazilians are set to officially be crowned South African champions for the eighth time in their history.