Pitso: We Paid School Fees

PICTURE: Masi Losi

By Isaac Ndou

JOHANNESBURG: Blunders from Bangaly Soumahoro and captain Hlompho Kekana played a part in stretching Barcelona’s lead. 

Pitso Mosimane says he blamed Mamelodi Sundowns’ 3-1 loss to Spanish giants Barcelona on defensive errors but is happy his team played the football they know against the Catalans at the FNB Stadium in a friendly match on Wednesday night.
 
Ousmanne Dembele, Luis Suarez and Andre Gomes put Barca three to the good before Sibusiso Vilakazi got a consolation goal for the Brazilians. Blunders from Bangaly Soumahoro and captain Hlompho Kekana played a part in stretching Barcelona’s lead. 
 
“I think the difference is between the Rand and the Euro hey…just to some it up (laughs). We paid school fees tonight. Bangaly made the biggest mistake,  he gave the ball away to Dembele and they scored. Kekana gave the ball away to their striker and they scored. The other one if course it’s Barca, that’s the way Barca play.”
 
“Obviously you could see the difference, you could see the quality in Barca. You could see how they passed the ball, but we also had our chance to play and that’s how I wanted the boys to play, the way Sundowns play and test it against Barcelona. But there’s a big difference and we must not fool ourselves, it was a friendly game. Maybe it would have been different if it was a competitive game. I don’t think we embarrassed our people. We played football,” said Mosimane after the game to SuperSport United.
 
The spectators at the stadium got a chance to see world superstar Lionel Messi who came on in the second half to much standing ovation. The La Liga Champions jetted off to Spain at midnight to prepare for their last match of the season against Real Sociedad at home on Sunday.