MASINGA: COMPLACENY AND ARROGANCE NOT TO BLAME FOR SUNDOWNS’ MTN8 CUP FINAL LOSS
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Masinga tells Goal that the words uttered by Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane prior to the MTN 8 Cup final were not a sign of complacency nor arrogance that would cost them the Cup
Former Mamelodi Sundowns striker Phil Masinga believes that the underdog tag did not help Bidvest Wits beat the Brazilians to the season’s first piece of silverware on Saturday in Nelspruit.
“I don’t think Wits were the underdogs and Sundowns were the favourites, because Wits started the season very well,” Masinga told Goal.
“You could tell that they have the potential to win the game. For me, I looked at it as a tight game.
Prior to the game, Mosimane publicly stated that they have the edge over the Students as they know how to play these type of games.
Masinga does not believe it was arrogance on the part of the former Bafana Bafana coach, but just mind games and trying to get a psychological advantage.
“That was just mind games. It was not arrogance from Pitso on the situation. They have been doing well and he was quite aware that Wits have been doing well and that they would pose a big danger to them,” he added.
“You know, his comment I don’t think it was complacency or arrogance. They were just looking to get a psychological advantage,” Masinga said.
The Cup triumph was the Students’ first since 2010 when they clinched the Nedbank Cup.
While Sundowns’ bad luck with the MTN8 Cup continues as they have to wait another year to try and hoist it aloft.