Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on 05 January 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Monday Jan 21, 2019. 16:00
Pitso Mosimane was happy that his team stood their ground in Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 win over Wydad Casablanca at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday evening.
Themba Zwane scored a brace for the Brazilians in a game that ended in controversial fashion. Mosimane, though, believes his troops merely gave the 2017 CAF Champions League champions a taste of their own medicine.
Tension from the pitch overflowed onto the stands and into the tunnel after the final whistle with Wydad fans having been reportedly escorted out of the stadium after igniting flares. The confrontations on the pitch reportedly ignited following an incident involving a ball boy.
“Wydad are used to winning,” Mosimane is quoted as saying by the club's official website.
“They know how to manipulate the system. They know. They pressurise the referees. It was the first time I saw referees moving out of the pitch, looking for balls.
"It was the first time I see the assistant referee looking for balls. This happens to us every time when we play away in the Champions League but I have never seen referees going out.
Mosimane continued: “But that bench pressurised them, the referee went off the pitch – go fetch the ball. That’s why the north Africans dominate this pace. We don’t know how to play with the north Africans. But we are getting there. We’re getting there.
"We’re strong man. We shrug it off. We should be able to know how to play this game," he concluded.