Johannesburg - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens admits his side's failure
to control matches was the reason behind their failed PSL campaign.
The Brazilians began the season as firm favourites to challenge
defending champions Orlando Pirates for the Premiership crown, but the
Tshwane outfit's hopes were ended last week after losing 1-0 to
That result marked Downs' fourth defeat in their last five
matches, while another loss to Free State Stars on the final day of the
campaign could see them finish as low as sixth.
"You have to accept that we lost this title because we had too
many draws and lost too many unnecessary games this season," Neeskens
told Times Live.
Question marks have been raised over the Dutchman's squad
selection over the past few matches, with star striker Elias Pelembe
having been left out of the squad for the defeats against Kaizer Chiefs
However, when asked about the player's omission, Neeskens said:
"Because I have a big squad as everyone says and Pelembe was suspended
against Free State Stars (in the Nedbank Cup semi-final).
"The team did very well, so why should I change the starting line-up?
"I think I had to give confidence to the players who played in
that game. As a coach I have to take a decision about which players I
put on the bench and I had a lot of choices.
"I put (Katlego) Killer Mphela and Lebogang (Mokoena) on the
bench for the game. That's the reason he (Pelembe) was not there. There
was no other reason."
Sundowns have one last chance to lay their hands on silverware
this term when they clash against bitter rivals Matsatsantsa in the
Nedbank Cup final on May 26.