Sundowns beat Pirates with Kekana strike

Pitso Mosimane says the key was to control the midfield and fend off players like Oupa Manyisa.

FILE: Mamelodi Sundowns beat Orlando pirates with a 1-0 win at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

JOHANNESBURG - Pitso Mosimane admits that controlling the midfield was the key to Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 win over Orlando Pirates.

Sundowns won the match courtersy of a Hlompho Kekana strike to narrow the gap to Kaizer Chiefs at the top to 8 points.

With Pirates having the likes of Oupa Manyisa and in the side, Mosimane was happy with how his team controlled the tempo.

"You can't come to Orlando stadium and not have your midfield organised. Especially when you're playing with Manyisa, who always comes in. All his goals are scored when he comes in.

"You can't come here without a solution for Manyisa and Sifiso who plays half striker."

Despite the victory over Pirates meaning his side closes the gap to top of the log Chiefs, Mosimane says he is not focusing on their title rivals but rather on improving his squad…

"Who doesn't want to win the title, Eric will want to win the title. You don't buy the title, you must win it.

"You need team cohesion, an injury free team, you need depth, but above all, you need players who understand your philosophy, the way you play."

Pirates interim coach Eric Tinkler has refused to say the defeat is the beginning of the end for goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.

Meyiwa has been in erratic form this season and having conceded the goal, limped off injured and was replaced by Abdual Duada.

"He has done a lot for this club during the Champion's League. I still think he's one of the best goal keepers in the country.

"I think he's going through a bit of a difficult time now, we will try support him as much as we can. We still believe in Senzo Meyiwa."

In other PSL results this weekend Golden Arrows pulled off a hard fought 3-2 win over Polokwane City on Saturday.

Moroka Swallows and Amazulu played to a goaless draw.

On Friday night Ajax Cape Town beat Bidwest Wits 1-0.