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Cardoso Responds To Mokwena’s Assessment Of First Leg Defeat

Esperance head coach Miguel Cardoso says luck is always present when responding to Rulani Mokwena’s assessment of their first-leg semi-final victory in Tunis.

Mokwena stated he felt Sundowns were the tactical dominant side and the result could have been to either side after the 1-0 result which needed them to now turn the tie around in Tshwane on Friday evening.

Yann Sasse netted the only goal of the game, which Mokwena said he was ’embarrassed’ about conceding.

“Luck is always present in football because sometimes it can change in the other way, but also I’m already used to having analysis, especially for the press who looks for the details, and sometimes the details change a lot when you analyse the game,” he said ahead of the second leg semi-final at Loftus.

“It was a game with chances for both sides, both teams were loyal to their identity, we tried to have the ball as much as possible and create our moments, we profited from one goal. Sundowns looked to win the game, they had their chances and could have scored.

“That result was a game of details and we should not analyse, by saying this one was beaten, the other one wasn’t – no, sometimes the simple detail can change how you make the analysis.

“We should always respect our opponents and I felt that from the first moment, I connected with the club, Esperance has that approach, I feel the same from Sundowns. I expect a big party from the fans in the stadium, and a positive approach to the game because both coaches have positive approaches to the game.

“That’s what I want to see, fair play, sportsmanship inside the pitch. But teams looking for the best, fighting for the result, because this is the way the game should be played by ourselves and how we as coaches should interpret the opposition team to play the game.”

The two sides meet tomorrow at Loftus Versfeld Stadium at 20h00.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.