Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene was spared blushes as his side hit back immediately after conceding a soft goal against Baroka, and coach Pitso Mosimane has come to his defence.
The Tshwane giants remain in the hunt for a ninth PSL title after beating Bakgakga 2-1 at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium to close the gap between themselves and the table-topping Orlando Pirates to three points with one game in hand.
The victory did, however, come with some nervy moments – most notably seven minutes after the break when the hosts capitalised on a mistake from the Zimbabwean international goalkeeper to draw level, cancelling out Ricardo Nascimento’s opener from the penalty spot.
From a goal kick, Mweene tried to play the ball from the back but failed to find his intended target – instead the ball landed in Bonginkosi Mankume’s path, who’s attempt at goal was gathered by Onkabetse Makgantai, who fired home the equaliser.
The Brazilians were able to restore their lead four minutes later, and Mosimane has defended the shot-stopper, saying considering the way he prefers his charges to play, such mistakes are to be expected.
“We made a mistake, but it’s okay. Kennedy made a mistake, but I always budget for these kinds of mistakes, because we have to play from the back.
If you don’t want these kinds of mistakes, then you must kick the ball up. But when you kick the ball up it’s do everybody, and I don’t like that kind of football.”
Baroka finished the game with ten men after Roderick Chenyengetere was sent off for a rash challenge on Hlompho Kekana, who is a doubt for Tuesday’s clash against Chippa United.
Kick off is at 19:30.