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Neeskens lashes out at ref

2012-10-01 12:02

Johannesburg - Under pressure Mamelodi Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens remains confident his side can lift themselves from their Premiership slump, insisting he can handle an extended onslaught from the club's supporters.

Sundowns fans stormed the pitch after their 2-0 loss to Moroka Swallows in Dobsonville on Sunday, baying for Neeskens’ blood, but the situation was calmed down by the police, match officials, and Alex Shakoane, the club's supporters relations manager.

“This is not about me alone, this (problem) is for the club and the players," Neeskens said.

"We just have to keep working hard to come out of this and the pressure will always be there, but I can handle it."

Neskeens lashed out at the match referee, after their winless streak was extended to five successive league matches, and pointed at a lack of fitness of key players, including Eleazar Rogers and Edward Manqele.

“The second goal, from my opinion, was a clear foul on (Elias) Pelembe and the referee let them play on, then they scored," Neeskens said.

"In the second half we were unlucky, hitting the crossbar twice, and all our strikers are coming from injuries.

"You could see that they lacked a little bit of sharpness."

Meanwhile, Swallows coach Zeca Marques praised his side for a gallant performance as they climbed to fifth in the Premiership table and kept big spenders Sundowns stagnant in 14th position.

Marques was delighted with the win after the Birds had gone down in successive defeats to newcomers University of Pretoria and coastal outfit AmaZulu.

“I am delighted that we bounced back from the tough time," Marques said.

"We won the MTN8 and then we lost. I knew the players would be up to this challenge and we could have scored more goals, but two against Sundowns is a good result."

Elsewhere on Sunday, Bloemfontein Celtic beat title holders Orlando Pirates 1-0 at Free State Stadium.

The Buccaneers took a knock in the early stages of the title race, settling in fourth position in the standings -- six points behind leaders Kaizer Chiefs -- while Celtic climbed to seventh position with their third victory of the league campaign.

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Comments
  • bond.ndalo - 2012-10-01 12:24

    sour grapes Mr Neeskens

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-01 12:34

    sundowns players and coach are useleSs patrick motsepe mst fire all of them

  • mabhekana.nzuza - 2012-10-01 12:44

    U must go back and apologise 2chiefs 4suicide u commited during the MTN8, otherwise u will be relegated, no excuses 4that.

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-10-01 12:45

    Shame, i dont think the coach can even go to the Mall, or park, lol they would attack him, eish

  • mabhekana.nzuza - 2012-10-01 12:45

    U must go back and apologise 2chiefs 4suicide u commited during the MTN8, otherwise u will be relegated, no excuses 4that.

  • kenneth.mthethwa - 2012-10-01 12:54

    Its not the coach`s problem alone...Are the players not paid to play and score or defend goals? Players need to sign perfomance contracts like the coaches,finish and klaar.How do you pay a striker R80 000.00 pm and in 5 games played,not even a single goal scored...thats pathetic. fire the players

  • gift.rode - 2012-10-01 13:26

    Has anyone ever think that maybe the problem is Motsepe himself for hiring incompetent people and keeping them on the job even when they are not perfoming

  • Nkateko Hardly Shikwambana - 2012-10-01 13:28

    i lyk d spirit coach, kip ur head tilt n try to motivate ur players, i smell silver wear ths season, u among d best coaches in PLS n ur sportsmanship makes u unique... nvm othr teams, our tym is near. d fast horse dont run long... ka bo yellow all d way

  • Bheki Tshabalala - 2012-10-01 13:38

    Neekens is pathetic n must be fired as in yesterday!!! look @ his record since the beginning of second round of last season to date, out of 21 league games hw many dd he win? he's incompetent, doesn't knw wat 2 do!!!

  • buwaz - 2012-10-01 13:40

    You right mr Neeskens now u blamed the referee,unfit players n management next loose u wil blame the pitch n the weather will c after who wil u blame,do me a favour take a stress leave n go to holland

  • mxeki.maduvula - 2012-10-01 13:42

    Mr Motsepe must fire everybody including himself and give the team back to Natasha Tchiklas.

  • Spha - 2012-10-01 13:43

    shame.money is nt evriting.

  • malungisa.samuel - 2012-10-01 15:57

    I like this coach he makes nice kwatsa kwatsa when he was stone by his fans if I was a SAPS I could hold him and put him in a nice position so that a fans can give him Baptise kusemzantsi apha

  • malungisa.samuel - 2012-10-01 16:00

    Matsepe i can't leave your money imnandi zenzani ezi fans zindiphosisana nalemali yomgodi

  • malungisa.samuel - 2012-10-01 16:06

    Uthi imnandi usibethisa nge club zonke SOOOOry SOOOORy lets work together ican't work alone frm fans this is not black Label where the players can peak/select their own players plz ndizodlala umchine

  • nketso.kgwadi - 2012-10-02 15:19

    Lashing out @ the wrong people ur players r lazy with all the money in the world, what r they doing to please Motsepe?

  • abrammothibedi.abram - 2012-10-02 15:50

    This r all stupid chips supporters commenting here dont listen to them coach

  • ron.kgatlhane - 2012-10-02 18:02

    I think people at Sundowns are keeping Mr. Motsepe in the dark about the failures and poor results as well as daily running of the Team .Players are signed at rediculous contracts, some do not even play and yet are kept with the reserve team. Please Mr. Motsepe setup an enquiry about the running of the Team . Some things are unreasonbly .

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