The result between Wydad Casablanca and Mamelodi Sundowns in Rabat was by no means a positive one for the visiting team, but not all is lost, according to coach Pitso Mosimane.
The Tshwane giants suffered a 2-1 defeat in the first leg of the Caf Champions League semifinal, but go into their home leg with a crucial away goal, which could see them through to the final should they manage to beat the Moroccan outfit without conceding.
That is the main positive taken away by the former Bafana mentor, who wasn’t exactly pleased with the amount of errors conceded by his charges.
“While I’m not entirely happy with the result because we lost 2-1‚ I’m happy with the performance from the team because it’s always a difficult place for us here in Morocco – but we improve,” he told the press after the game.
Away goal puts Sundowns in good stead for second leg
Sundowns lone goal on Friday came via veteran defender Anele Ngcongca, on either side of strikes from Salah Eddine Said and Aouk Badi.
The match was Sundowns’ second visit to the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in the current champions league campaign, having suffered a 1-0 defeat there during the group stages.
Mosimane noted a vast improvement in how his charges carried themselves this time around, stating it was the first time he saw Wydad players under the koch on their home turf.
“It was the first time I have seen Wydad so stressed at the back – it’s also because we scored the important away goal.”
Sundowns briefly turn their attention to league action where they are set to meet Black Leopards before welcoming Wydad Casablanca for the second leg of their semifinal tie at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday, 4 May.