Lack of confidence hurting Sundowns – Mosimane

2013-04-18 13:00

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Following his side’s 1-1 stalemate with the University of Pretoria, Mamelodi Sundowns boss Pitso Mosimane believes a lack of confidence within his ranks is resulting in his side’s failure to win more games in the Absa Premiership.

Second-half goals from both sides resulted in a share of the spoils at Loftus Versfeld last night.

Richard Henyekane put the hosts ahead, before Bongani Zungu cancelled the opener midway through the second period to send the teams home with one point apiece.

“We pushed as much as we could. We’re trying our best and we’re a little bit desperate – you could see that – and also a little bit nervous, because we aren’t winning enough, so after we score we go into a mode of uncertainty,” Mosimane said after the game.

“The boys feel like the match should just stop after we score, but I understand where that comes from.”

Yesterday’s result comes on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Platinum Stars in a Nedbank Cup quarterfinal clash on Sunday, when the Brazilians also scored the opener, but allowed their opponents back into the clash in similar fashion.

“We suffered a lot during the first round. We lost a lot of points in the first round and we lost on Sunday,” Mosimane said.

“The boys are not really confident of taking it to the opponents, but we played well. We pushed until the end.”

Despite the result, the former Bafana Bafana mentor said he was pleased with Sundowns’ all-round performance, save for the equalising goal, which he described as a gift.

Tuks benefited from some sloppy defending following Henyekane’s second goal of the season, after Jabulani Shongwe’s blunder inside his area brought Zungu into an excellent position, allowing the youngster to keep his cool as he slotted home the equaliser.

“I’m happy with the performance. We had a positive start and we also ended very well,” Mosimane said.

“I’m happy with everything except the donation.

“I think the goal was a pure donation. Unfortunately, it happened to one of the young players (Jabulani Shongwe) who’s coming up and playing very well.

“But, he learns the hard way and you learn through experience. So, we have to support him. He’s a youngster and he made a mistake.”

The draw left Sundowns’ position unchanged, in 11th position, while Tuks were able to creep ahead of Moroka Swallows into eighth, level on points with the Birds, but in the lead because of superior goal difference.

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