Mamelodi Sundowns greeted supporters before taking the bus out of the Lucas Moripe Stadium – this after coming from behind to beat Ghana’s Medeana SC 3-1 in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup a group stage qualifier on Saturday night.
Coach Pitso Mosimane described the first stanza as unbelievable, “I have never seen a first half like that at Sundowns.” So disappointed was the April Absa Premiership coach of the month, that he did not say a word to his players at half time to demonstrate his disappointment. But the message was loud and clear.
The second half started at a blistering pace, until Teko Modise was brought on to manage proceeding after Captain Ramahlo Mphahlele took an elbow to the nose. Leaving the medical just incapable of stopping the bleeding. Cutbert Malajila was also introduced for Anthony Laffour who was looking like the shadow of the man who scored three goals just Wednesday night to hand his team the championship. And lastly Siyanda Zwane being the final change as he ran on to the pitch to release Tebogo Langerman from his left back duties.
Three goals converted in the last 10 min of the game. All garnished with an incredible goal scored by Khama Billiat for the second. The goal which looked like a wayward rebound left both teammates and opposition wondering if the Zimbabwean winger was crossing the ball or intentionally trying to lob the goalkeeper who had strayed off his line in anticipation of a square pass.
Mamelodi Sundowns will travel to Ghana in two weeks time for the second leg and return the Thursday before their league fixture against Platinum Stars, as they finish off what is likely to be a record breaking season.
IN THE TUNNEL
Coach Pitso Mosimane says: “Sundowns does not lie down, just because we are leading we will not lie down to run down the clock. We play!”
Medeama SC coach Thomas Strand says: “Sundowns FC were lucky in this game, especially the second goal. And the third should have been offside. But we will be playing to win in Ghana; you must come and see what we change.”
Muzi Mashaba – when asked what was training like after winning the league, answered: “we didn’t do much, I am not gonna lie. We didn’t do much.”