Mosimane Explains Delight In Maboe Goal

Pitso Mosimane explained why he and Mamelodi Sundowns’ captain Hlompho Kekana wildly celebrated Lebohang Maboe’s goal that gave the Brazilians the lead against Black Leopards at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday.

The Brazilians eventually won that match 3-0 and moved to second place. Bafana BaStyle are now three points behind Bidvest Wits with two games in hand. Mosimane’s men had to work hard to get the three points against an attack-minded Leopards side.

“It was end to end. But it’s our theme here, we have to put our hand on the opponent’s neck until the goal comes. We will put you under stress until it breaks. We have to score, especially in the first half because if we don’t score in the first half we get frustrated. We gave everything and the goal wasn’t coming,” Mosimane said.

“But the one thing we knew is that they are a happy team, jolly, they attack like nothing. They put everybody forward. I said to the guys that there’ll be a period where they go eight against eight and we’ll have two versus two when we break from that, meaning that the two centrebacks remain and all the other players attack. They did that against Orlando Pirates, Bloemfontein Celtic, Golden Arrows and SuperSport United. They are fearless. They attack you, and that’s why they win. They’re just sit on top of you.”

“If you break down, you’re going to have a problem. I told Gaston Sirino to cheat a little bit in how he manipulated space by sitting back when they attack us and stay with Lebo upfront. I knew that we would cut one ball and play out. We used to play that long pass to Khama Billiat and Percy Tau. It’s our ball. When Hlompho made that unbelievable tackle, like a 21-year-old, all he did is his specialty. That’s why he catches goalkeepers off the line. The first thing he does is look up, you know the story. And then he played there, Gaston got it, played it to Lebo and it went in. We had been waiting for it. We knew that they would give us pound for pound, unlike other teams who sit back and wait. These ones don’t care. They come to you. So we got what we wanted, hence the celebration.”

Sundowns flew to Ivory Coast on Thursday for their next assignment in the CAF Champions League. The former African champions will take on Ases Mimosas on Tuesday in Abidjan.

“We want to finish as the number one team in our group because those numbers ones will be put on one side in the draw for the quarterfinals,” Mosimane said. “A win in Abidjan is very important for us, and we must win here against Lobi Stars so that when we go to Casablanca we don’t go there desperately needing a result.”

32 Responses
  1. brian atteridgeville

    Eish le thoma go ngafisa boys..what a perfomance .keep working hard.ka bo yellow..Themba Zwane for footballer of the year if he keep playing like this

  2. Moeketsi

    Keep up the good work yellow nation we will always be on your side no matter what…
    Sir Gingles Pitso Mosimane u a one of a special kind an u a wat Sundowns always needed…

  3. Klaasrheememuka

    Woow…!???…
    Unbelievable performance..
    Although u miss a lot …
    Slowly but surely…
    We are we are there ☝️☝️☝️
    On TOOOOP…
    on our position

  4. adenna uchenna

    this team play like Barca,Pitso sir,i have a big frame picture in my office and my house,very proud of you ma,you are black,south african and successful and this make me very very proud.

  5. Brian@(Tsakane)

    Great performance ever guys,ka bo yellow,but as for Themba Zwane,I foresee you following Percy Tau in the near future.

  6. Boh

    Well done boys!!!!personally I feel for Mshishi!! I saw sitting and saying ukhathele!!! We love guyz,anyway thanks coach and ur team for a job well done.I thought we must manage some players,Zwane,Nasimento,Sirino,Kekana,Wayne,Maboe,Morena,Tebza,Onyango,Sugar.after they have done the job for us,like yesterday and allow other’s to pick up their form.Thela,Mweene,Mngoma,Mkhuluse,Snothie!!,Lakay,Lebusa,Madisha,Jali,Malajila,Mahlambi,Tade,Meza,I title this a plea from the players/supportes.

  7. Dalom

    But this boy Maboe misses a lot of chances, and easy ones for that matter. He’s no different from Brokie if you ask me. We could’ve been punished last night if it were another team and not the fatigued Black Leopards

    1. Thabo J

      Dalom my auty, I guess you see the game much the same as I see. The young man is still not on par.

      His contribution in consideration of the position he plays is way below par.

      His passing, ball control, stability and creation of chances for himself and fellow players is not on point not forgetting the easy chances he misses. He really must up his game for he COMMANDS a regular starting berth surprisingly so.

  8. M.f LEDWABA

    KBY congratulation for a good performance yesterday and not forgetting our fans for singing out louder every time when the team is playing .so tomorrow we are jetting out of the country to lock horns with MIMOSA next week Tuesday.i am wishing you a safe journey guys and make us proud there and hopefully will come back home with three points.if we can able to beat this Assec away and destroy Lobie stars at home ,were not going to have a problem with our last game away from home

  9. Bango

    imagine if Sundowns could be converting those misses into goals, what would be our average score line per game, perhaps 6. Sometimes Sundowns can give a heart attack, we celebrate the victory,the 3 points in particular. Captain fantastic has grown in his game, players infront must always anticipate his passes, those killer passes that made Tau popular, he would just point where he wanted it, then Kekana would just address it there, the swift legs would just collide with the finish. We thought Phaka Mahlambi could make use of such , all those guys , Khamas, they cherish those passes as they would easily convert , our mid hasn’t changed, still delivering the same,the front line ought to up their game, be composed and execute your finishes well. There is time for speed and there is time picking a spot to do a classical finish. We are happy,we are persuaded for better things. We are behind the team and we wish the team out there, all the best of luck and safety, no injuries.

    1. There will always restrictions in any system Member however we are going there,I can see that this technical team is building something that is going to kill many teams,let us give them a chance to build that.some members don’t see the ground covered by Maboe, check this boys move and you will see that he is working too hard but soon he will be there and we will reap the results.we are used to missing chances even in the times of Khama and Percy we missed them the good sign is that we are creating. Next let us welcome Polokwane city .

  10. Let me take this opportunty to
    cogratulate coach Thabo Senong & his team for qualifying
    for U20 world cup. I .
    am very proud of
    Maloisane, Kubheka
    Mkhuma & Mkhize
    They are all our
    development player

  11. What is happenning
    with this Arendse
    saga ? What is the
    Misconduct? What is
    punishment of that
    misconduct; Let us
    congratulate
    Khulekani Kubheka
    Moloisane, Mkhize &
    Promise Mkhuma..
    Who are part of our
    Of SA U20 & they are
    our boyz

  12. bango

    Wow! Beautiful! Congratulations to the boys! Their experience there will make them better people, that exposure makes them to just continue when the get to the first team.

  13. simon

    sundowns have been doing a good job recently and they desrve to be congratulated. I fully agree with Pitso when he says they should win a game on Tuesday to reduce a pressure. this is a good idea

  14. There will always be restrictions in any system Member however we are going there,I can see that this technical team is building something that is going to kill many teams,let us give them a chance to build that.some members don’t see the ground covered by Maboe, check this boys move and you will see that he is working too hard but soon he will be there and we will reap the results.we are used to missing chances even in the times of Khama and Percy we missed them the good sign is that we are creating. Next let us welcome Polokwane city .

  15. Hard luck Masandawana and hard luck to Denis. Never drop your head, I cannot blame you for the error.such errors happen if you try your best. I know you feel bad already and that is enough.concentrate on the next game.ka bo yellow

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