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Pitso Mosimane reacts during a Mamelodi Sundowns match. Photo: EPA

Sundowns ditch “pretty” football to grab three points against Celtic

Despite enjoying a comfortable lead for a decent chunk of the match, Sundowns had to dig deep for a hard-fought three points away to Bloemfontein Celtic.

mamelodi sundowns vs supersport united preview prediction

Pitso Mosimane reacts during a Mamelodi Sundowns match. Photo: EPA

Mamelodi Sundowns have had an indifferent start to their title defence, but three points against Bloemfontein Celtic have put their charge back on track.

The reigning league champions had to dig deep at Dr Molemela Stadium on Wednesday, in their bid to return to winning ways after bagging just two points in their last couple of games.

They were able to do so eventually, holding on for a hard-fought 2-1 victory, despite a late scare brought on by an 87th minute spot-kick from the hosts, who pulled one back.

Tough night out for league champs

The Tshwane giants, known for turning on the style, were unable to do so against a combative Celtic outfit who, although trailing for the bulk of the game, always posed a threat for the visitors.

One of the main men in yellow was new signing Sammy Seabi, who was awarded another start in place of Andile Jali.

The ex-Polokwane City man was preferred to the Bafana midfielder, who was in top form when Sundowns overcame Congolese outfit AS Otoho over the weekend.

Coach Pitso Mosimane commented on the extra dimension brought to the club by Seabi.

“He’s [Seabi] showing his authority and why we brought him. He’s helping us with set-pieces. He came on for ‘AJ’ [Andile Jali], ‘AJ’ played well over the weekend. But Seabi we needed him for this kind of a game. We will cherish the three points, we did ourselves a favour by scoring two goals, otherwise it could have been different.

“People see Sundowns as a ball playing team but tonight there was not much of that free flowing football that we know. We had to work hard. ‘Vila’ [Sibusiso Vilakazi] played well, Themba Zwane worked very hard. They worked very hard. It was not about pretty football.”

Pitso Mosimane

Seabi missed out of the clash against Otoho due to not being registered for Caf competition.

He will be in contention for a spot as Sundowns turn their attention to taking another step towards cup glory.

Back-to-back cup clashes for Sundowns

The Brazilians will be engaged in another Tshwane Derby, the second of the season, as they come up against Supersport United in the second MTN8 semifinal on Sunday.

They then travel to Seychelles for a clash against Cote d’Or in the next preliminary round of the Champions League, before resuming rivalries with Matsatsansa in the second leg of the cup semi.