Last weekend Pitso Mosimane’s Mamelodi Sundowns lost their second league game 3-2 against Golden Arrows at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
“As I said difficult game, what can you say difficult conditions for both teams obviously. Ja, the biggest mistake by our number one goalkeeper [Denis Onyango], it happens, it’s the conditions,” Mosimane told SuperSport TV in his post-game interview.
The ‘mistake’ or as the 2000’s call it ‘epic fail’ he was referring to was Denis Onyango’s error which led to Golden Arrows’ equalising goal. A seemingly harmless shot by Golden Arrows midfielder Danny Phiri slipped through the goalkeeper’s hands, went through his legs, and rolled over the goalline slower than a tortoise with arthritis.
“We know how we lost to be honest,
“I hope Denis mentally can recover from that because normally the bounce should bounce in front of the goalkeeper, but because of the conditions the bounce couldn’t favour him.” said Mosimane
If Pitso thinks the reason they lost the game was because of a goalkeeping error then he needs to give me some of the medication he is on. More on that later.
Sundowns are in second place, 10 points behind league leaders Kaizer Chiefs. Pitso told Kickoff.com that as of right now, his team isn’t focused on what is happening in Naturena.
“No, if you focus on other people you are losing the plot. You need to focus on yourself. We know how we win the league,
“We’ve won the league four times in the last six years, two times we came second, this is not new to us. What we need to focus on is Sundowns.
“At this point in time, we are five points behind our programme. If anybody has got more than five to us good luck to that person, that means they’ve done very well.
“So you can’t be looking at your neighbour that he’s got a new car now you want a new car, you’ve got to focus on yourself.
“You can talk about ten points but we are five points behind in our programme and we get that programme when we get to 75 points. We want 72 in total so we are running our own race,” he explained.
Although you could argue that it shifted the momentum of the game and was funny, Mamelodi Sundowns didn’t lose because of a goalkeeping error. They lost the game because they were outplayed. Golden Arrows were the better team on the day. Pitso Mosimane made five changes to the team that drew 0-0 with Baroka on Wednesday. His rotation backfired as the players looked out of sync.
Pitso and his Sundowns have bigger problems than butterfingers. His team looks tired and out of ideas. However, I’m the last person to count Sundowns out of a title race as they proved me wrong last season.