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By unknown | Oct 08, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Khotha

Meshack Khotha

Mamelodi Sundowns' coach Gordon Igesund might have been disappointed that his charges are out of the Confederations Cup but he also sees their exit from the continental showpiece as a blessing in disguise.

This after Sundowns were narrowly beaten 1-2 by CF Sfaxien, after leading 1-0 at recess in a second leg game played at Super Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday.

The multiple award-winning Brazilians' coach believes this will now afford the team ample time to concentrate on their domestic assignments.

Sundowns are the defending league champions and also are through to the quarterfinals of the lucrative Telkom Knockout, a title that Igesund is eager to win.

But anyway, Igesund has failed to fulfill one of three mandates demanded by his boss Patrick Motsepe to bring a continental title to Chloorkop.

Igesund lambasted his players for losing a game they should have wrapped up in the first half after dominating the proceedings.

"It is disappointing to lose to the same team twice in a row, especially in front of our supporters.

"After steadfastly holding onto a slim 1-0 lead at the break, my boys unbelievably gave away two soft goals that cost us dearly,'' said a livid Igesund.

He added that his strike force became complacent in front of the goal despite enjoying numerous inviting chances.

The home side played with purpose from the onset as they cleverly knocked the ball around in a move to create openings.

Midfielder Godfrey Sapula was unfortunate when his fine attemp came off the crossbar in the fourth minute with the Sfaxien goalie well beaten.

Six minutes later Sundowns were 1-0 up thanks to Peter Ndlovu who curled his well-taken shot into the far right corner.

As much as they called the shots in the second half midfielder Josta Dladla and company failed to penalise Sfaxien's shaky defence.

Sfaxien, who beat Sundowns 4-0 in the first leg in Tunisia, scored two late goals through Chadi Hammami and former Orlando Pirates striker Lelo Mbele in the 82nd and 88th minutes respectively.


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