Mamelodi Sundowns continued with their unbeaten run as they stretched it to twenty-one games after playing a goalless draw with AmaZulu at the Kings Park Stadium in Durban. With nine games left in the DStv Premiership the action is coming thick and fast and Masandawana are still on top of the standings with a six-point gap to the second-placed team who are Golden Arrows. The Brazilians have played two games less and will be hoping to collect all the maximum points and stretch the lead at the top.
“We knew they might try to counter-press and press on top at times and we made a lot of mistakes in that space when we were building from the back. The condition of the pitch also was not helpful because we struggled and we nearly made some mistakes with Rushine trying to run with the ball and also Lebohang but as soon as we managed to understand the conditions of the pitch and started to respect the fact that we should receive and pass the ball and not run with it, that is when we looked like we can get something. It was one of those matches to see Sundowns in the first 45 not having a shot at goal or on target. It was a strange moment but truth be told we were playing against a strong team that wanted to give us a tough time.”, said Coach Manqoba Mngqithi.
The game was played at a high tempo with a strong tactical element which provided entertainment and delivered all the hype without a goal being scored. Bafana Ba style has drawn eight times this season.
“One must say as Sundowns it was important for us to try and win this match, we were hoping our second half will help us, we got a very good chance which I think was one of the biggest chances of the match and we did not take it. Credit must be given to Benni, he has done a lot of work with this team, they are working very hard and are running non-stop. The fact that we did not lose was good for us. If you do not win a match of this nature, a six-pointer, rather don’t lose but one is disappointed we did not get the maximum points” concluded Coach Manqoba Mngqithi.
Next up in the DStv Premiership for Masandawana is Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday the 25th of April.