Sundowns have turned the corner - Moloto

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Speaking to snl24.com/kickoff after the Brazilians beat Supersport United 2-1 in a Nedbank Cup game at Olympia Park Stadium in Rustenburg on Saturday, Moloto said their wait for the team to return to their winning ways was over and he promised that still more was to come in terms of better performances.

“My players showed true character and determination. Overall, I think we were the better team and had better goal scoring opportunities than our opponents.”

Moloto said the victory against Supersport was a collective effort.

He said he was happy with the performance of striker Lerato Chabangu, who was named Man of the Match, and made special mention of Amaglug-glug defender Robyn Johannes who scored with a thunderous long range shot just before the hour mark to put the Brazilians through to the next round.
Moloto also heaped praise on the substitutes Josta Dladla, Bryan Aldave and Brent Carelse, who helped to maintain the shape of the team when United came back strongly in the closing stages.

“I think Josta and Aldave should have contributed a goal each to this game but it was not to be. I am hoping that they will get better in our next game against Black Leopards which is equally important because we have a lot to play for in the league.”

Asked when defender Mbulelo Mabizela would return to the starting line up, the former Bafana Bafana coach said it was only a matter of time before the KwaZulu Natal born defender became a regular in the first eleven.

“Mabizela has been part of the 18-member squad in the last two games. He has been working hard at training but at this moment players sharing his position are still performing well. However, I am confident that he will soon break into starting line up because he is a player of massive talent.”

Meanwhile, Supersport United goalkeeper Dennis Onyango who was shown a red card at Olympia Park Stadium conceded that he had a bad night on Saturday.

“This was one of my worst games; things just didn’t go well for me.

“I don’t blame the ref for the red card. When Dladla broke through our defence, I was the last man and decided to use everything to stop him scoring a third goal as I was still hoping that my team would get the equaliser.

“We have [Andre] Arendse, [Thabang] Stemmer and Tshepo [Motsoeneng] who can all do the job in my absence.”