Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane expressed his
surprise at the defensive solidity shown by Bloemfontein Celtic, after
Saturday's goalless draw at Loftus Versfeld.
Mosimane felt his players were going through the motions in
the first half as they relied on their "usual way of playing” but was
pleased to see them focus on "width and wing play" after the break.
And, the Downs coach also had words of praise for his Celtic
counterpart, Lehlohonolo Seema, saying he was impressed by Siwelele's solid
defensive showing, especially after a 3-2 defeat to Free State Stars recently.
Speaking to SuperSport TV after the match, Mosimane said:
"We took a long time to get the width and we depended more on our usual
way of playing especially in the first half, okay we fixed it in the second
"We got a lot of width and wing play, but still we
didn't have that strong presence in the box to convert our crosses, to be
"They defended well, and they did what they had to do,
it is tactics and why not?"
He continued: "Yeah, that's where we say the coaches
are good, they corrected their mistakes at the back, but I have never seen
Celtic play like this before, but they did it today.
"It's right, why not, but let's see if they can
continue to defend properly like they did today."
Mosimane also commented on the tackle on Tiyani Mabunda by
Celtic's Mbhazima Rikhotso, which he felt could easily have been deemed a
"If it's a yellow card offence, I am happy he got a
cautioned and it looks like there was a big lunge there and those are leg
breaking tackles," he said.
"If the referees are not going to deal with these
tackles, there was a referee who dealt with it in the Nedbank Cup.
"I think Ace Ncobo will enlighten us, there's nothing
wrong in having an opinion, sometimes I am right. Yeah, but it's okay.
"It's a title race and it's happening to Liverpool and
Manchester City. So, we have to play, keep going and it shows how difficult it