Arrows fall 4-1 to Sundowns

2014-03-24 00:00

MAMELODI Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has backed struggling Golden Arrows to survive relegation.

The outspoken coach said this shortly after his expensively assembled side edged Arrows 4-1 to advance to the Nedbank Cup quarter finals at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi on Saturday night.

“For a team that are playing free-flowing, attacking football, I don’t understand why they are at the bottom of the log,” admitted Mosimane. “Normally you find teams parking the bus but they really kept us on the back foot — their attack is strong. If they could work on stopping goals, I think they would be fine.”

As the Saturday victory edged them closer to the cup final, Mosimane reiterated his desire to take his side on an African safari. The Brazillians are also on the hunt for the PSL title, six points behind pacesetters Kaizer Chiefs.

Speaking after the match, Mosimane made it clear he was eyeing both the League and Mzansi’s version of the FA Cup.

“There are still two cups left to play for. We have a chance in both titles. We still have to play Chiefs at FNB. Anything is possible. Ours is too improve our log position and take one step up. But it’s not in our hands,” said Mosimane, who praised Arrows for a spirited performance in the first half.

The former Bafana Bafana mentor said that when he took his team to pre-season camps to Zambia and Ghana, he wanted to familiarise his players with tough conditions local sides often face: “My players now understand what is at stake and it would be a good opportunity for them to play there,” said Mosimane.

Philani Shange opened the scoring for the hosts in the first half, before Sundowns staged a strong comeback and were duly rewarded when Dove Wome, Lebohang Mokoena, Anthony Laffor and Percy Ta added their names on the scoresheet.

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