Johannesburg - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane admits his side’s 5-0 loss to Bloemfontein Celtic in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday is unacceptable and has apologised for their showing.
“It was a complete day off,” said Mosmiane.
“Two terrible mistakes in the first half, the send-off of Denis Onyango and a team (Celtic) that is willing to wait and wait, and I don’t blame them because they are playing away.
“There are two options after that – either you opt to take the 2-0 and go home which is easy for me and the team, but we are Sundowns, we have to play.
“It is easy to stay 2-0 and hope for a 2-1 or whatever, but we are Sundowns, we have to play, it is the culture of Sundowns, we must play.
“We have to be gentlemen and be able to accept these things do happen, they happen to all the big football teams in the world, it is not only Sundowns.
“But to be honest we have to apologise to our people for this kind of performance. 5-0 is not good for the image of the club, but I can tell you that Real Madrid got it, Man United got it, Arsenal got it, Man City got it, so who are we not to get it.
“I am not saying it is acceptable, it is unacceptable, but it is a game of football and these things happen.
“It will test the character of any individual at Sundowns – how do we behave as players, how do we behave as coaches, how does everybody behave?
“When chips are down and we are on a low, low like this, we as coaches have to bring up the team and encourage the guys.
“It is a test of character to all the individuals in the club, if we are able to succumb and take the pain.
“We have to apologise to our people, it is unacceptable.