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Phakaaathi Reporter
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22 Feb 2017
12:39 pm

Mazembe coach rues poor preparation 

Phakaaathi Reporter

TP Mazembe coach Pamphile Mihayo says his side lost to Mamelodi Sundowns because they were ill-prepared.

Joel Kimwaki of TP Mazembe challenges Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns during the TOTAL CAF Super Cup match between Mamelodi Sundowns and TP Mazembe. Pic: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

In the wake of the Democratic Republic Congo giants losing to the reigning Caf Champions League winners in the Caf Super Cup, the Ravens coach believes his side could have gone into the game with a water tight plan to defeat Sundowns.

Mazembe have not played a competitive match since December 2016.

“Saturday’s defeat is due to lack of competition in the legs. Our brief preparation has not been enough to the point,” said Mihayo.

“Our finishing on the two clear occasions and for almost the entire duration of the match, we had two blocks, defensive and offensive.

“The opponent took advantage to surprise us in the counter-attacks by sliding the balls between these two blocks.

“We learned a few lessons after this Super Cup loss. We return to Lubumbashi to get back to work quickly.

“With a rather sturdy menu focused on the team’s rise and finishing. We will also put an emphasis on tactics, the goals before the play-offs and the Champions League, we will have a constant team in the game and work on performances.”