Sundowns match report
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is fuming after his side were knocked out of the CAF Confederations Cup by Medeama of Ghana yesterday.
Leading 3-1 after the first leg in South Africa, Downs adopted an ultra defensive game plan which saw them concede a first half penalty to go into the break trailing 1-0.
The introduction of Cuthbert Malajila in the second half at the expense of Teko Modise had an immediate impact as he combined with his Zimbabwean national team player Khama Billiat to produce The Brazilians’ first shot on target in the 49th minute.
But the game was turned on it’s head when Bernard Ofori found the all important second goal for The Ghanians and Downs keeper Dennis Onyago lashed out in frustration, trampling on Mohamed Abass moments later to earn a needless red card.
Although Downs attacking midfielder Themba Zwane had a half chance to score late in the game, 2-0 is how it ended for a 3-3 aggregate score, which means Medeama go through to the tournament’s group stages on the away goals rule.
But Mosimane says you can never win when you’re playing against 12 men.
The result means that Sundowns, who return to the champions league next season by virtue of winning the league, will have to go through the preliminary rounds in order to advance to the group stages of the 2017 CAF Champions League.