Neeskens blames players

2012-11-22 14:13

Johannesburg - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens says it is up to his players to lift themselves off the bottom of the Premiership log, after a frustrating 1-1 draw with AmaZulu on Wednesday evening.

"The ball is now in the players' court," Neeskens said after the bottom-of-the-table league clash in Atteridgeville.

"They have to play every game now as if it is a final and only then can we come out of this situation. I don't expect beautiful football from them because, in this situation, you cannot expect that."

Neeskens said the team lacked clinical touches in their opponents' half and were lucky to come away with a point, criticising his defender for an elementary error.

"We were terrible in the final third with our passing, in our decisions that we took and also in losing the ball," Neeskens said.

"In the second half, we kept trying but there was not much improvement and then you get a childish goal."

AmaZulu had taken the lead, against the run of play, 13 minutes from time. A defensive blunder from Sundowns' Clayton Daniels allowed Andile Khumalo to slot home the opener.

"It was typical ball watching from Daniels - looking at what's going on up front and not looking around at how the (defensive) organisation is," he said.

"If you are not sharp from the first minute, then these things happen."

Wednesday's clash marked two weeks since the Pretoria side had sunk to the bottom of the table, after a 3-1 defeat to Orlando Pirates.

Sundowns were now 10 matches without a PSL victory, claiming their only league triumph on the opening day of the new season against Chippa United.

The Dutch coach, however, felt optimistic his side could regain its much-needed form to lift themselves out of the last position, ahead of the new year.

"Fortunately we got the late goal and the draw but we should not be happy with this result," Neeskens said.

"The players can do it, because they showed it four days ago (against SuperSport United in the Telkom Knockout Challenge), but today I was not happy."


  • juliette.petunia - 2012-11-22 15:09

    wen are leaving our team wena mara he? mxm tired of commenting?

  • phumlani.makhanya.5 - 2012-11-22 15:13

    Sundowns niya ehlathini...Wake up!!!

  • godfreythokozani.vilakazi - 2012-11-22 15:47

    Neeskens, part of your job is to motivate your players, they lack motivation and a will to win. Do your job we will see better results.

  • Asemahle Ta'Asey Mavuka - 2012-11-22 15:48

    Neeskens must go maan, how can u have quality players for 2 seasons n struggle to have ur winning combination....n u still call urself a coach nxa uyanya lo unguNeeskens!!!

      abrammothibedi.abram - 2012-11-22 16:07

      u also deserve to be arrested u lack manners if u don't have anything to say shut up i doubt if ur a downs fan properly ur chips or pierats because u behave like them.

  • furlong.lubisi.7 - 2012-11-22 17:00

    We are no longer proudly Brazilians who use to shine and perfect team. Gone are those days and very down. Will foreign coaches ever bring better flair to our Local teams. It is very humiliating what is experienced in recent weeks.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-11-22 18:03

    Sidliswa nguwe coach

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