Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane admits he
cannot be unhappy with taking a point off Orlando Pirates, but felt his side's
lengthy injury list made a big difference on the day.
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The reigning Premiership champions looked set to further
compound a miserable week for the Buccaneers, who entered the match on the back
of successive defeats, as Khama Billiat gave the Brazilians the lead after five
minutes at the Orlando Stadium.
However, Pirates were able to claw their way back through
Lennox Bacela. The forward fired home the equaliser shortly before the
half-hour mark following a goal-mouth scramble, and the score would remain that
way until the final whistle.
The match was by no means without its chances, though, and only
some woeful finishing and stunning saves from ‘Downs goalkeeper, Kennedy Mweene,
prevented either side from adding to their tallies. Sundowns efforts were
severely hampered as Thabo Nthethe needed to come off in the first-half with
bruised ribs - an ailment the defender was suffering from even before the
equaliser went in.
The centre-back has now joined a very lengthy casualty list
for the Tshwane giants, and that is something Mosimane feels is playing a big
role in his side's inconsistency this term.
"Thabo had bruised ribs. He said he could have saved
the goal that came but he couldn't move fast because of the pain. It's one of
those things, it's professional football," said Mosimane after the game.
"We have got a lot of injuries; a lot of our guys are
injured. Langa (Tebogo Langerman) is inured; Mario Booysen is injured; now
we've lost Thabo [Nthethe].
"Alje [Schut]; I'm forcing him to play with a knee
[problem], that's not right. [Elias] Pelembe is still injured, Ejike [Uzoenyi]
is injured, but we have to keep going."
Looking back over the encounter, the coach added: "What
can I say? Difficult game, two good teams, missed opportunities.
"To be honest, they (Pirates) had more clear chances to
score than us, but we were also dangerous on the break.
"We can never be unhappy to get a draw when we come
here. We tried to play, we tried to win. We didn't come to Orlando Stadium to