After thirteen matches played in the DStv Premiership and Mamelodi Sundowns are still at the summit with twenty-seven points accumulated and no loss recorded. Masandawana were involved in another top of the table clash against Swallows FC who have the same number of points but an inferior goal difference. The tightly contested clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium ended in a one- all draw.
Coach Manqoba Mngqithi shared his thoughts on the encounter and said that “We started the game very well with a high press and we wanted to press them from the back and that is where the goal came from. We did a lot of good work in the first half where we made sure that we we did not give them time and that gave us a more dominant first half. In the second half, we were dragged because they were playing more long ball and we had to make changes like Pitso to try and close down Vuyo Mere and close down Lebo Mokoena with Vilakazi and that worked tremendously well, but unfortunately, they kept pumping the balls forward and we knew they will get the fouls and set pieces and we were punished from that”.
It took the visitors the last kick of the game to get something out of the game when Musa Nyatama headed the ball from a rebound after Denis Onyango had made a good save from the set-piece.
“The equaliser was a sucker punch, those last five minutes our players lost character, started kicking the balls out and not playing even when they had options around them and resulted in the foul. The truth of the matter is it felt bad in a game where you think you did everything in your power to get the result and it was at the death of the game where we conceded that silly goal”, said Coach Manqoba Mngqithi.