Cape Town - According to Cape Town City assistant coach Vasili
Manousakis, Friday's defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns has ended the Citizens' title
Following some brilliant work by Percy Tau, Khama Billiat
scored a superb goal two minutes after half time at the Athlone Stadium to earn
Sundowns a 1-0 win which took them seven points clear of second-placed City.
Manousakis, who was filling in for the suspended Benni
McCarthy, felt the Cape team should have gotten more out of the encounter.
"It's unbelievable how we lost this game it was one-way
traffic in the first half. We absolutely murdered Sundowns. They looked very
average, a lapse in concentration in the second half they gone in and
scored," he said.
"Other than that Sage Stephens hasn't had to make a
save the entire match. Absolutely bizarre. That's football for you.
"Not converting the chances, not scoring goals it
becomes the problem when you dictate play like that and when you have all the
possession it means nothing unless you stick the ball in the back of the
The City camp were also incensed that Sundowns goalkeeper
Denis Onyango was given only a yellow card after he clattered into Thabo Nodada
outside the area.
"I'm afraid the referee stole the show tonight. Tonight
was a Victor Gomes show," said Manousakis.
"How the goalkeeper was not sent off it baffles all of
us. Thabo Nodada ended up with 20-odd stitches on the back of his leg, he's
absolutely destroyed him, and he's [Gomes] gone to send off Robyn Johannes for
something soft and bizarre, but anyway it doesn't matter we're disappointed
that we should have got something out of the game."
Asked if the Citizens can still challenge for the title,
"No I think that's us done. We will try to stay in the
top five. Benni's mandate was to stay in the top eight, hopefully we can
achieve that. We just got to keep going, credit to Sundowns they got the three