Absa Premiership

Pitso: We targeted Sandilands

2017-11-02 11:26
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says it's no fluke that his side forced two soft goals against Orlando Pirates in their 3-1 Absa Premiership win on Wednesday. 

Sundowns opened the scoring when a clearance from a Bucs defender deflected off Hlompho Kekana and went into an unguarded goal after only a minute played. 

And just 12 minutes later Kekana doubled the lead with a typically brilliant long range shot from just inside his own half. Sundowns went on to win the game quite comfortably. 

While it is debatable as to whether Pirates keeper Wayne Sandilands was at fault for the first goal, the former Masandawana shot-stopper was found wanting for Kekana's second strike after having strayed off his line.

Mosimane says that it was in his plan to put Sandilands under pressure.

"We also know the strengths and weaknesses of the players who come from us and are at Pirates. And hence the goal we had to press the goalkeeper (Wayne Sandilands), he's always off the line, we know that. 

"I suffered the goal against SuperSport United with (Mor) Diouf. We told 'Keke' (Kekana) go for it, it is his speciality. And God is there. God loves us all guys," said Mosimane. 

The Brazilians boss did, however, also have words of praise for the Buccaneers. 

"It was not really a game of tactics to be honest, it was a game of heart and soul and emotions. The way Pirates play, they're good. Good principles. 

"Pirates played beautiful football, it's unbelievable. The movement off the ball at some stages we could not close them down. They had too many number 10s, too many lines. It's top coaching from 'Micho' and Rhulani."

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