Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokoena recently came in defence of goalkeeping errors of veteran shot-stopper Denis Onyango after Matsatsantsa A’Pitori came from behind to achieve a 2-2 draw in their midweek league encounter.
The Masandawana were comfortable on their 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Neo Maema and Peter Shalulile with only 40 minutes remaining on the wrist in that thrilling Tshwane derby which took place at Loftus Versfeld.
Nevertheless, SuperSport fought back boldly and scored two goals in quick succession with Onyango's goalkeeping errors coming to the fore each time.
It was Webber's powerful shot that struck Onyango by surprise and the goalkeeper's attempt at clutching onto the ball saw it rebound off his chest into the path of Gamphani Lungu, who slotted home from close range.
The equalizer came through a long-range free-kick, which Downs keeper mistimed as Mokoena's strike bounced before hitting the back of the net.
It was the first goals Sundowns had conceded in the league, ending a record 10-match streak without the ball crossing their goal line.
After the game coach Rhulani Mokoena expressed that football is a game of mistakes. According to him the good thing is telling a journalist they both have never played in goals. Which means they have the benefit of that experience with a smirk.
He went on to mention that part of being a goalkeeper is that your mistakes might be more costly than some of the other players' mistakes on the pitch. Although the reality is Denis is Denis. He is a top goalkeeper. As they say, one swallow doesn't make a summer. He concluded by saying he's got the club's support. And the club will show the corrections and analyse the game.
On his behalf he mentioned how he knows the state of football says that when you make mistakes, you become the scapegoat. But they as the team have to refrain from that because how many other times has Onyango saved them?
They've been talking about all these clean sheets and records that they’ve been setting, a lot of it had to do with Dennis, so let’s not be quick to forget.
The draw did very little to change Sundowns' log position as they hold on firmly to the top spot with a six-point lead over second-place Stellenbosch. Additionally, the Brazilians also have a game in hand that could potentially stretch their lead in the coming weeks.
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