Zwane: We simply weren't ourselves.
"Ja, look, we didn't come close to performing today.
The boys seemed uninterested to me. They did not attend the event. Simply put, we weren't ourselves. You have to remember that their first goal was manna from heaven, and I believe that is where we lost the game, Zwane told SuperSport TV.
"We weren't our normal selves. We played throughout the majority of the first half, I believe, but we were unable to get a shot off.
In terms of performance, it was not meant to be. The entire middle field was devoid of any movement, ball retention, or defensive ability, and as a result the defence was doomed to fail at some point. However, the player was loose on the ball that resulted in the penalty, and we warned Shalulile that if you give him a space in the 18-yard box, he will punish you. We could see that we weren't ourselves once we were two goals behind at the break.
Then, in the second half, I believe we were once again competitive and had some measure of control over the proceedings. It was clear that they were looking forward to making contact with Shalulile at that precise moment.
"But still, we didn't generate any opportunities that we could say were better for us to stay in the game or to put them under pressure. Then, we gave up a third goal, and from that point on, again, you know, we play in spurts.
"You know, we weren't ourselves, and we ended up with a penalty. In fact, I don't think we would have retaliated if we had converted the penalty. We were simply flat, Zwane continued.
The Amakhosi had opportunities to reduce the score early in the second half, particularly through Reeve Frosler and a penalty from Khama Billiat, but they didn't take advantage of them much to Zwane's dismay.
"I believe it would have been 2-1 if Frosler had made the conversion. Because they were now absorbing the pressure, perhaps the game was about to change completely after that. "But we missed that one and from there a penalty, maybe it was going to be 3-2 and then the game was open again. As a result, we just chose not to attend the celebration. I give Sundowns' technical personnel credit. Credit to their team; they have a strong one, Zwane continued.
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