Register Login Scores

5th Away CAF Defeat In Last 6 - Did Rotation Cost Sundowns?

On Sunday Mamelodi Sundowns lost 2-1 to Otoho d'Oyo in their CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg match.

Was Pitso Mosimane’s rotation of his squad a key factor in the defeat?

In recent seasons, the Masandawana coach has changed his view on rotation. In 2013 and 2014, he regularly changed his side and spoke about the need to give everyone a chance. However, in recent seasons, he has tried to keep a very settled XI - except for when he has injuries to deal with.

Read more: Killer’s Warning To Kambole, Nurkovic

One example was in April’s 3-1 win in the PSL against Chippa United where Mosimane picked his best XI despite having a crucial away CAF Champions League first leg semi-final clash against Wydad Casablanca just three days later.

However, for this past weekend’s defeat in Congo-Brazzaville, the coach took the decision to leave both Themba Zwane and Sibusiso Vilakazi on the bench whilst Rivaldo Coetzee was not in the 18 man squad

Starts were handed to Andile Jali and Phakamani Mahlambi. The latter missed the PSL opening-day win against SuperSport United due to a suspension carried over from last season, whilst Jali was injured for that match. Mahlambi started just two of the side’s 14 CAF Champions League matches last season, whilst Jali also started twice, but failed to even appear as a substitute in the other 12 games.

The starting XI selected had all of Mabunda, Jali and Kekana in the same midfield. The coach told the assembled media prior to departing for the game, “If it’s difficult to play away, play to get a draw, just don’t lose. It would be nice to get a draw with goals. 1-1 is better than 0-0.”

The defensive team selection appeared to backfire on the coach though, as his side lost 2-1 to Otoho d'Oyo with Kekana red-carded and the rested duo of Zwane and Vilakazi needing to come on at half-time anyway.

Read more: Chiefs’ New Signing Clear For Amakhosi Debut…

This is not the first time that Sundowns have tried to play defensively in an away CAF Champions League match and it has backfired. In January’s group stage defeat away to Lobi Stars in Nigeria, the coach selected five defenders.

This was the Sundowns’ fifth defeat in their last six away CAF CL matches, with their run reading: Lost, Drew, Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost.   
Lineups for previous four CAF CL away defeats:

1-2 loss away to Wydad Casablanca: Onyango, Ngcongca, Nascimento, Lebusa, Langerman, Kekana, Mabunda, Morena, Sirino, Zwane, Maboe.

0-1 loss away to Al Ahly: Onyango, Ngcongca, Arendse, Nascimento, Langerman, Kekana, Mabunda, Manyisa, Morena, Maboe, Zwane.

0-1 loss away to Wydad Casablanca: Onyango, Morena, Arendse, Nascimento, Langerman; Kekana, Mabunda, Zwane, Maboe, Lakay, Mahlambi.

2-1 loss away to Lobi Stars: Mweene, Coetzee, Nascimento, Lebusa, Morena, Kekana, Mabunda, Lakay, Laffor, Maboe, Sirino.

Should Pitso Mosimane have played his best team in the game on Sunday or was he right to rotate? What is to blame for this disappointing run of results in away games? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below. 



Has Zungu ‘Blessed’ Himself With This R560k Gift?


Top 5

Rollercoaster As Mokwena Steps Into Pirates Hot Seat

40 Aug 19, 2019 01:22 PM in Orlando Pirates

Official: Real Unveil New No.7

53 Aug 11, 2019 08:01 PM in LaLiga

Chiefs Striker Wins Big In Zambia

40 Aug 19, 2019 12:38 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid Man Utd Stars After Maguire Signing

3 Aug 13, 2019 07:57 PM in Cadbury

Pitso Blasts Tinkler, Confirms Breakthrough For Youngster

93 Aug 19, 2019 02:32 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Breaking: Micho Quits!

418 Aug 16, 2019 10:33 PM in Orlando Pirates

Shock! Two Front Runners For Micho Revealed

94 Aug 17, 2019 12:05 PM in Orlando Pirates

Billiat’s Agent Opens Up On Transfer Talk

74 Aug 15, 2019 05:59 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Breaking: Chiefs Offload Duo

29 Aug 16, 2019 10:02 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Micho Responds To Alleged Sex Scandal

142 Aug 18, 2019 10:59 AM in Orlando Pirates

First Coach Linked With Pirates After Micho's Exit!

61 Aug 19, 2019 03:29 PM in Orlando Pirates

The Highest-Paid Coaches At Afcon Revealed?

108 Jul 11, 2019 07:38 PM in AFCON 2019

Micho’s Hectic Weekend… New Job Confirmed

69 Aug 19, 2019 09:49 AM in Orlando Pirates

The Highest-Paid Footballers In The World Today

13 Apr 02, 2019 12:30 PM in International

Rhulani Lifts Lid On 48 Hours Before Pirates’ Defeat

42 Aug 19, 2019 08:54 AM in Orlando Pirates