The Masandawana mentor has lauded his players for their hard-fought victory over Abafana Bes’thende in KwaZulu Natal
Pitso Mosimane was relatively satisfied with Mamelodi Sundowns’ victory over Golden Arrows on Wednesday evening.
The Brazilians needed to dig deep as they registered just their second win of the Premier Soccer league (PSL) campaign.
The win came courtesy of Lebohang Maboe, who netted just before the half-time break with a neat finish from close range.
Nonetheless, in the aftermath of the victory, the 54-year-old mentor hailed the character that his troops displayed at the Princess Magogo Stadium although he admitted that it wasn’t a pretty win.
“It was a difficult game,” Mosimane told SuperSport TV.
“The conditions the wind was strong. We showed character. We survived the heat. So, we sometimes don’t have to play pretty football to win. Yeah, we had it, we wanted it,” Mosimane added.
“They never hurt us, but we also we tried to hurt them,” the former Bafana Bafana coach said.
“Four goals in two games, four points is good. Three clean sheets out of five games, it is not bad. It can be better, but it is OK. You can’t get everything. It is one step at a time. So, you survive,” Mosimane expressed.
Meanwhile, despite a slow start to the season after Sundowns were knocked out of both the MTN8 and Caf Champions League, Mosimane was delighted to see his new recruits kicking into gear.
“They showed character today, and the last game they scored three goals and they never gave up. They showed character in the last game, because we had to fight for it in the end with Vila [Sibusiso Vilakazi] scoring in the end. And I am happy that the new boys are starting to score. Lebo [Maboe] scored today, Toni Silva has scored, Phaka [Mahlambi] has scored. So, it is good, it is promising,” he said.
“Again, it is not as rosy as we want it, we all know, but you know when you don’t have Mshishi (Themba Zwane) on the pitch, when you don’t have Gaston (Sirino) on the pitch but you can still win when you don’t have pretty football sometimes,” Mosimane concluded.