Absa Premiership

Mosimane criticises long grass at Lucas Moripe

Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has expressed his frustration with the length of the grass at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Masandawana beat Vaal University of Technology 2-0 in the Nedbank Cup round of 16 on Sunday thanks to goals from Wayne Arendse and Phakamani Mahlambi.

Despite the win, Mosimane was annoyed that the pitch was prepared in a way that hindered his team instead of helping them, as the grass was too long and consequently made the playing surface slow and heavy.

"I was so unhappy about the grass. It's unbelievable - it's our home game," Mosimane said, according to TimesLIVE.

"How can you have such long grass? It looked like a rugby pitch. It was impossible to get the ball to flow. There were incidents where players left the ball behind.

"It was too long, too heavy. The groundsman should not be the one deciding what the length of the grass must be. It works against us."

The Brazilians will host Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League quarter-finals on Saturday, and Mosimane has urged the groundskeeper to give them a quick pitch.

He added: "We can't play Al Ahly on a pitch like this. We've got quick players... so we need to move the ball quickly - and if you can't move the ball quickly, we are playing against ourselves.

"I'll speak to Sundowns. If we need to, we will move the tractor we have at Chloorkop to here. We cannot play on a pitch like this. It was unbelievable. It works on our calves also, it's heavy."

- TEAMtalk media

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