Sundowns haunted by missed opportunities in Chippa stalemate

Mamelodi Sundowns did well to protect a slim lead against Chippa United on Wednesday, until the very last minute.

The defending champions led the Chilli Boys 1-0 for most of their encounter at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, thanks to a 35th-minute strike from Lebohang Maboe.

This was until the hosts found a late equaliser at the stroke of full-time, courtesy of former Black Leopards and Orlando Pirates man Meshack Maphangule.

In between the two goals of the match, there were a host of opportunities, mostly falling the way of Sundowns, who could have led by a bigger margin before Chippa hit back, had they taken their opportunities.

Themba Zwane could have made it 2-0 early in the second half, but his effort was excellently kept out by goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb. Later on, it was Sibusiso Vilakazi, with an even clearer chance, who failed to convert while one-on-one with the gloveman – instead sending his effort over the bar.

Pitso takes lessons from Sundowns draw

The Brazilians were left to regret their missed chances when Maphangule capitalised on their defense’s failure to clear the danger, pouncing on a loose ball with his shot taking a deflection off Motjeka Madisha to land in the back of the net.

Speaking after the match, coach Pitso Mosimane termed the countless missed opportunities “a Sundowns thing”.

“We can talk about the ifs or the could haves, should haves. It’s not what it’s supposed to be. We lost the two points to be honest. I blame myself a little bit. I should have sealed. My last sub three minutes. We could have used the Champions League experience and sealed it.

“It’s a lesson we learn in football. Sometimes it looks okay. We discussed. I said, ‘look, I don’t see any challenge here’. But then what happened is we started to concede a lot of corners. That was the challenge.

“Then we lost Sammy Seabi with his height. And then I made a mistake by putting on Phaka for Lebo for the last two. Maybe I should have put on Bangaly. Ja, it’s my fault.”

Pitso Mosimane

The draw places Sundowns in fourth place with four points after starting their campaign with a victory over Supersport United.

They now turn their attention to the MTN 8 Cup, where they will be coming up against Bloemfontein Celtic at home on Saturday night.

The Tshwane giants were knocked out in the semifinals of the competition last time around.

Kick off is at 20:15.


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Publish date : 2019-08-15 10:21:59

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