Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane insists that his defender failed to follow instructions on how to deal with Bidvest Wits winger Dean Hotto.
The Brazilians were forced to share the spoils with the Clever Boys after playing out to a 1-1 draw at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The stalemate has Sundowns remaining second in the Absa Premiership standings with 25 points from 13 games, while Wits occupy fourth place with 20 points after 10 matches played so far this season.
‘Ja, a point is fair, hey. OK, we could have scored, “Mshishi” [Themba Zwane] could have scored, I don’t know who else missed the sitter, [Motjeka] Madisha hit the post, it’s one of those you know,’ Mosimane told SuperSport TV post-game.
‘But I guess we played a very good team, it’s a strong team, if you look at the team and the way it has been for the last six, seven years. We are happy with a point away even though we wanted to win. We could have won, we missed the chances. I think it’s a good point.’
Mosimane believes his side could have avoided conceding the equaliser late in the first half if his players had followed his instructions.
‘It’s written, my player [Lyle Lakay], I mean Deon Hotto is left-footed, he doesn’t even have a right foot, he tried to shoot here with a right-foot and the ball went the other way,’ he added.
‘But you know [the] players, they are not listening. I told Lyle, he [Deon Hotto] is only left-footed. [Sifiso] Hlanti is left-footed, he’s never kicked with his right, the same as him and you can say the same with [Tebogo] Langerman, he’s left and he doesn’t kick with the right as well.
‘I mean it’s basic principle but he says, “Oh, he went a little bit to the right.” I said, “No, he has to drop a shoulder, what do you think he’s going to do?” and then he brought the ball [cross] there.
‘But I don’t want to put it on him [Lakay] for not blocking him [Hotto] there, also Madisha knew, when the guy is left-footed there, he also knows that Hotto is left-footed, so why [did] he let him stay behind him? So, it’s a collective mistake and a powerful cross and a good header, so Denis [Onyango] cannot stop that.’
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