City beats Africa’s champs

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October 31, 2016
City beats Africa’s champs

WINNING: Eric Tinkler

Downs couldn’t keep up the intensity as City pounced to secure a 2-1 victory.

Cape Town City boss Eric Tinkler had a hunch that his side would beat Mamelodi Sundowns.

And on Sunday his troops did just that with a well-orchestrated 2-1 victory at Loftus Versfeld over the best team in Africa.

Ahead of the match, the coach revealed to the Daily Voice that he felt that it was a good time to face the Champions League winners.

Just a week after lifting the trophy in Alexandria, the PSL newbies showed the holders how to do a smash-and-grab job.

And Tinkler explained how he got his Davids to decapitate Pitso Mosimane’s African giants with skipper Lebogang Manyama scoring both goals for the visitors.

After the win, the former Orlando Pirates boss told SuperSport: “When you’re playing a team like Sundowns you’re not going to get many opportunities and when you get those opportunities you have to make sure you bury them.

“I felt we had two very good chances in the first half and we should have come in a little more comfortable.

“Again, second-half we didn’t start very well.

“They started to come; set piece, loss of concentration, we had a man down injured at that stage and the players start to lose their focus and you concede the goal [1-1].”

But Downs couldn’t keep up the intensity and City pounced for the winner.

Tinkler adds: “It goes back to those chances that you create – you need to finish against a quality team like Sundowns. You know the longer the game goes on the more fatigue you are going to be feeling and your counter attacks have to be methodical.

“Credit to the boys, this is not an easy place to come to but I believed we could come and collect the three points here and we have done that.”

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