Mosimane: Chippa game gave me nightmares

Sundowns have booked their place in the first of two finals they are competing for this week.

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane reacts during a game. Picture: Abed Ahmed/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Mamelodi Sundowns progressed to the MTN 8 final after beating Chippa United 1-0 in the second leg of the semifinal last night.

They will take on Wits on 1 October at the Mbombela Stadium, for the title.

Sundowns have booked their place in the first of two finals they are competing for this week, as they edged out Chippa by a single goal after a two-legged tie.

Pitso Mosimane and his charges relied on the composure of Anthony Laffor in the 78th minute to get them the much-needed goal, but it was largely thanks to a sweet counter-attack from the team.

With Zesco United waiting in the CAF Champions League semifinal on Saturday, the Brazilians will be glad to have one final under their belt.

Mosimane says Chippa United gave him sleepless nights.

"I must be honest with you this game of Chippa gave me nightmares. I had to work on this game from 3am to 8am to make sure that I dismantle and I see and I'm careful. And try and make sure that we don't have the party that they had in PE, and also above that, find out how we can score."

The Sundowns coach says his boys displayed real character to win the game.

"This team has grown in terms of character. Once you win a few cups, you start to believe that you can win a cup, and to play in Champions League is the biggest thing we've ever gained. Champions League means that sometimes you don't have to play well but you have to win."

He says they know how to win when it matters.

"We're experienced, we know how to play this kind of a game. We've been on semifinals before and we've played big games where we know that somewhere, somehow you must win, no matter what.

"At the end of the day, you've got to win and we expected to win to be honest and we won the game."

Chippa coach Dan Malesela says one mistake from either side was bound to be the difference.

"If you play a team of Sundowns' size and you feel that there's a chance that you can win the match and obviously after that we were under pressure."

Malesela says his team's performance against Sundowns in the MTN 8 will put them under pressure to continue the momentum.

"This was always going to be a game of small margins, whether it was going to end the way it ended or it was going to be 1-1. It was a game where we were all careful with what we do. Typically when we defend we slipped up."