Moroka Swallows coach Fani Madida chose to blame both the wind and his midfielders for their humiliating 4-1 loss to Mamelodi Sudowns in an Absa Premiership match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday night.
Goals from Alje Schut, Teko Modise and a brace from Cuthbert Malajila in the opening 25 minutes saw the Brazilians wipe the floor with the Swallows defence.
Madida admits the first 25 minutes was pure madness and decided to blame the weather and his players for their disastrous start.
“The first 25 minutes was a moment of madness for us because we had the wind coming at us and we couldn’t contain their wing play,” said Madida.
“It was so simple and easy for them to lay the ball on the sides, so the two midfielders who were supposed to press outside for us didn’t do their duties.
“Our midfielders playing outside also didn’t rack back.
“Just a moment of madness.”
Swallows were a much better team in the second half and according to Madida it was because he reinstalled their self-belief.
“It told them (at half time) that they have scored four goals, so that means we can also score four goals.
“It is just a game of football and they are players just like you.
“I tried to create that belief and they came back and they fought and they caused some nasty situations for the Sundowns defence.
“All is not lost, we showed that we can play, but congratulations to Sundowns as they came with some beautiful wing play.”