Cape Town - Black Leopards coach Luc Eymael wasn't too downbeat after his side suffered a 2-1 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday.
Themba Zwane's goal and an own-goal from Chris Katjiukua in the first
half gave the Brazilians a 2-0 lead at the interval, but a goal from
Mwape Musonda on the hour mark brought the hosts back into the game.
The match was the Belgian's first game in charge of the club having watched from the sidelines over the weekend.
"I think we started a bit late, we conceded the goal that I made my
players aware about that, with these kinds of crosses and rotations on
the wings, between the striker and the winger. [Jose Ali] Meza made a
cross at the near post," Eymael told SuperSport TV.
"What can I say on the second goal, how many times have I asked my
full-backs not to go inside? We brought them inside and they made a
cross and lack of communication between the goalkeeper and a central
"We motivated our boys at half-time, we changed a bit the system at
half-time. I think we had a fantastic second half. I have to
congratulate the boys, the pace of the game was very high. We pushed a
lot to try to come back, we scored only one goal, we could have scored
certainly two or three. I think on the second half we deserved a draw
but thinking it is one thing and to do it is another thing.
"We have to work hard on that. I want to congratulate the boys on the
second half, the first half I'm not so happy because for me [we made]
two silly mistakes and conceded two goals.
"We have to work on the fitness, we played now two games in three
days. Sunday was very hot, some of the boys were cramping. Today the
pace of the game was high. I started with two [number] six and only one
ten, okay maybe a mistake. But I was expecting another 11 [goals from]
Sundowns, but okay that's the reason I started like that. We take it on
me for the first half, but we changed well in the second half.
"Sundowns is the richest club in South Africa, they can put three
different 11 players on the pitch without losing the quality. I think
our reaction was fantastic, we have to continue to work, especially with
the results of the teams behind us."
- TeamTalk Media