Mamelodi Sundowns’ coach Pitso Mosimane was full of praise for Siwelele after the Brazilians played to a goalless draw with Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium on Wednesday.
Celtic supporters sang throughout the match in an entertaining duel. Siwelele also honoured Mosimane and Sundowns after the contest, a rare occurrence of supporters showering an opponent with love.
“It’s a goosebump inducing story,” Mosimane said. “It’s unbelievable, the passion that the people have for this club. The passion that the people have for football. It’s really a sad case to find that this team has some issues outside football.”
“The culture that’s here is amazing. It’s amazing. To have the opposition crowd every time I am at the stadium, calling me to the opposite side and sing for me. You never get that. It’s more than football to be honest.”
The Brazilians returned from the City of Roses with a single point. They will look to collect maximum points on Sunday against Bidvest Wits at Lucas Moripe Stadium. Mosimane was disappointed with only leaving Bloemfontein with a point.
“We controlled the game,” Mosimane said. “We bossed the midfield. We got our passing paths right but we lacked a little bit of an x-factor upfront to kill the game. We got chances. Toni Silva got a chance at the heart of the Celtic defence where I thought he could have passed it to Lebohang Maboe on the right. He decided to shoot and I was a little bit angry with him but he said he didn’t see him. I hope he didn’t see him. Possession and dominance doesn’t win you the match. You must put the ball in the back of the net.”
” But we scored a goal. We scored a goal. (Assistant referee Edward) Madidilane got it wrong. He saw Themba Zwane in an offside position. But offside position doesn’t mean that you’re offside. Themba Zwane wasn’t interfering with play. It’s an unfortunate situation.”