Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane
praised Steve Komphela for his work at Bloemfontein Celtic, admitting they were
difficult to beat in the Telkom Knockout last 16
The Brazilians ultimately progressed to the
quarter-finals with a 1-0 victory, with Gaston Sirino scoring the only goal of
However, Mosimane admitted that Celtic
played so well that his team had no choice but to play on the counter.
"For me, with experience of being in
the [CAF] Champions League for so many years, this was a Champions League
game," Mosimane told SuperSport.
"This was high-level football. Not
many teams can bypass our pressing. We tried to press, we tried to deal with
[Lantshene] Phalane, and then came [Kabelo] Dlamini, the number four.
"It's not easy -- and to deal with
[Ronald] Pfumbidzai as a wing-back. They are not afraid, they are pushing
"Steve plays good football. It's good
to see football played like this by local coaches. It's high level, it's top
level. We had to play on the break, because they put us under stress,
Mosimane revealed that the way Sundowns
dealt with a tricky Phunya Sele Sele was by playing the ball in behind via
Hlompho Kekana. Ultimately, it was his through pass which sent Sirino through for
The defending Premiership champions will
now return to league action away to Chippa United on October 27.