JOHANNESBURG: Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says he was satisfied with his team’s outing in the Shell Helix Cup against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.
The Brazilians defeated Chiefs 2-1 with a line up that had nine changes ringed to their squad that played in Togo. Mosimane says he was happy with the performances of Jeremy Brockie who got his first goal for the club and of new duo Lyle Lakay and Siphelele Mkhulise whom he gave debuts in the game.
“I was happy with the team. We made nine changes from the team that played in Togo. I’m very happy for Kennedy Mweene. He was brilliant. He cut all the crosses and he made a good save in the first half. I was happy with Lyle. I converted him to a left back and he did well. We had only one training session with him but he is smart and knows how to adjust.”
“I am happy with JB. He broke the ice with his goal. It’s been too long. I hope that now he has his tail up. I am very happy for him to score because I know that he is a goal scorer. Never mind that, he worked his socks off,” said Mosimane on the club’s website.
Mosimane who is in the process of rebuilding his squad following the departures of star players Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs) and Percy Tay (Brighton Hove& Albion) was also impressed with the performance of Anthony Laffor who has seen less game time at Chloorkop in recent seasons and stressed the importance of the Liberian’s presence in the team.
“I was happy for Anthony Laffor. He had a good game. It’s important to have him back. It was a good outing. There was never really a threat for us. Our boys who are playing for Chiefs, we know their movement. This is just the beginning. This is a pre-season cup. We can’t be talking much about it,” he added.
Mosimane will be hoping that his players can carry their win against Chiefs to their return leg in the CAF Champions League group stages against Togo Port on Friday at the Lucas Moripe Stadium and move away from bottom in the standings in Group C.