Even though Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane was critical of Amakhosi’s Steve Komphela, the latter was satisfied with his point.
“I thought we defended well on the night. We also tried our best not give away too many transitions which is their strength,” Komphela said.
“In the first half-half they pressed us which led to us being cautious. The good thing is that we also managed to vary our game. The match opened up towards the end. Both teams attacked each in search of the winning goal. There were stages where I thought we survived,” he continued.
The Kaizer Chiefs mentor didn’t believe he was too defensive, as he felt they had a chance to win it.
“For instance Langerman’s effort hit the post and we were lucky not to concede there. But we also had a good chance to score. [Siphiwe] Tshabalala’s pass set [George] Maluleka through, but he couldn’t score. It’s such moments which determine matches of this calibre,” Komphela added.
“We wanted the three points, but unfortunately we couldn’t find the winning goal. We take one point and go home,” he concluded.
Here’s where Mosimane indicated that Komphela was afraid to risk defeat and fall eight points behind Sundowns in the title race.
“We played well tonight. They also played their combination passes. But they defended too deep. We couldn’t unlock their defence. Overall it was a good game,” Mosimane said.
“I liked the last 10 minutes of the game. It was like boxing. It was pound for pound which is good for football. It was beautiful. I thought [Khama] Billiat should have played the ball low when he got into the box from the left. The keeper is tall so it was better to play it low,” he continued.
“They sat back. So I decided to play [Mogakolodi] Ngele because of that. Sometimes it works out. The ground was bad. It’s sad for football. The ball was bouncy because there was too much sand. A draw is a fair result. We are happy to take this point,” he concluded.