South Africa It was bittersweet for Sundowns not to beat Orlando Pirates – Mokwena

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena battled to immediately reflect back on their Nedbank Cup defeat to Orlando Pirates in Mbombela.

The Buccaneers ran out 2-1 winners on Saturday to deny their Tshwane rivals a trophy for the second time this season.

Mokwena admitted their superior performance wasn’t enough to get them over the line. “It’s one I really cannot find words to explain. I thought we started very, very well in fact I thought we played well overall and we got the penalty from a clear decision,” said Mokwena as quoted by SABC Sports.

“I’ve just watched all the key decisions and then we didn’t score that. Then the game drags a little bit for 0-0 until half time but still again, still very, very comfortable. So much control, in fact I think one of our better performances this season.”

Sundowns could have taken an early lead in the first half, but striker Lucas Ribeiro had his penalty saved by goalkeeper Sipho Chaine. Mokwena felt it was one of several crucial moments in the match.

“And to dominate a game like, a cup final like that against a very strong team like Orlando Pirates and then not to win is bittersweet because you look at the performance, you know you deserve better but like I said to the players, even in my team talk, cup finals are not there to be played, they are there to be won. Of course, I think some of the key moments in the game didn’t go for us, the penalty we missed,” the coach explained.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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