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Neeskens rues inconsistency

2012-05-15 13:32

Johannesburg - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens admits his side's failure to control matches was the reason behind their failed PSL campaign.

The Brazilians began the season as firm favourites to challenge defending champions Orlando Pirates for the Premiership crown, but the Tshwane outfit's hopes were ended last week after losing 1-0 to SuperSport United.

That result marked Downs' fourth defeat in their last five matches, while another loss to Free State Stars on the final day of the campaign could see them finish as low as sixth.

"You have to accept that we lost this title because we had too many draws and lost too many unnecessary games this season," Neeskens told Times Live.

Question marks have been raised over the Dutchman's squad selection over the past few matches, with star striker Elias Pelembe having been left out of the squad for the defeats against Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport.

However, when asked about the player's omission, Neeskens said: "Because I have a big squad as everyone says and Pelembe was suspended against Free State Stars (in the Nedbank Cup semi-final).

"The team did very well, so why should I change the starting line-up?

"I think I had to give confidence to the players who played in that game. As a coach I have to take a decision about which players I put on the bench and I had a lot of choices.

"I put (Katlego) Killer Mphela and Lebogang (Mokoena) on the bench for the game. That's the reason he (Pelembe) was not there. There was no other reason."

Sundowns have one last chance to lay their hands on silverware this term when they clash against bitter rivals Matsatsantsa in the Nedbank Cup final on May 26.

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Comments
  • melvinleon.noko - 2012-05-15 15:16

    mr neeskens,u r a gud coach bt our game style was 2 predictably ,@ tymes we shuldnt have used our wingers only, especially when teams parked their buses against us,we shuld also have tried 2 attact more 4rom central wth Hlompho/Nyandoro or Moriri hitting hard shots 4rom a distance we culd have bn champions bt we all saw what happened 2 Barca against Chelsea,they lost thru the same mistake bt we thot we can master on it bt 2 no avail.\r\nShongwe shuld be played more in mid next season,he has got talent.\r\n.lastly i beg u 2 field our youngsters against Free State stars so as they can sho case their talent, we have nothing 2 play 4 .

  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-16 08:27

    If the coach doesn't win the Nedbank and the league next year then he must go. He is spoiled for choice bt he keeps playing old guys like Nyandoro and Moriri for 90 minutes. He is part of the problem cause he is still not sure about his starting 11 and its the end of the season already.

  • Abram - 2012-05-16 15:32

    Mr Motsepe please do not listen to this stupid pierats and chips supporters who know nothing about football,keep Johan 4 3 years or more please.

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