Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has
expressed his frustration with the length of the grass at Lucas Moripe Stadium.
Masandawana beat Vaal University of Technology 2-0 in the
Nedbank Cup round of 16 on Sunday thanks to goals from Wayne Arendse and
Despite the win, Mosimane was annoyed that the pitch was
prepared in a way that hindered his team instead of helping them, as the grass
was too long and consequently made the playing surface slow and heavy.
"I was so unhappy about the grass. It's unbelievable -
it's our home game," Mosimane said, according to TimesLIVE.
"How can you have such long grass? It looked like a
rugby pitch. It was impossible to get the ball to flow. There were incidents
where players left the ball behind.
"It was too long, too heavy. The groundsman should not
be the one deciding what the length of the grass must be. It works against
The Brazilians will host Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League
quarter-finals on Saturday, and Mosimane has urged the groundskeeper to give
them a quick pitch.
He added: "We can't play Al Ahly on a pitch like this.
We've got quick players... so we need to move the ball quickly - and if you
can't move the ball quickly, we are playing against ourselves.
"I'll speak to Sundowns. If we need to, we will move
the tractor we have at Chloorkop to here. We cannot play on a pitch like this.
It was unbelievable. It works on our calves also, it's heavy."
- TEAMtalk media