Cape Town - Mamelodi
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane bemoaned his side's first-half defensive showing
in the 3-1 defeat to TP Mazembe on Sunday afternoon.
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The hosts were two goals to the good at the half-time break,
with Rainford Kalaba and Mbwana Samatta getting their names on the scoresheet
in front of a boisterous home support.
Downs produced a much-improved performance after the break
as youngster Percy Tau pulled one back for the visitors, following Roger
Assale's 57th-minute goal for Mazembe.
Reflecting on the his side's performance, Mosimane said:
"It was a game of two halves, obviously the first half was not good for
"For us to concede two goals in the first half was not
very good, we played well in the second, hence we managed to score. I always
knew they would score.
"We conceded the goal in the 39th minute when, against
the run of play, we saw them scoring at that time. We were a little bit
nervous, we showed a little bit of inexperience in that space.
"We didn't play, we were just kicking the ball out and
succumbing to the pressure they were giving us, instead of playing our own
However, the former Bafana Bafana boss was pleased with the
improved performance after the half-time break, adding: "In the second
half after a talk, when we knew we have nothing to lose but everything to get
if we attack, with the few changes we brought in the second half, we managed to
play our own Sundowns game and we managed to give them trouble.
"We scored a little bit late to be honest, had we
scored a little bit earlier, they were panicking at the end and hence they
started to hide the balls, the ball boys were not giving the balls, delaying