Mamelodi Sundowns co head coach Manqoba Mngqithi congratulated Amazulu on their 1-0 victory, saying his team were not at their best on the night as the DStv Premiership leaders finally lost their unbeaten record.
It was the first defeat for Sundowns this season, and also their first in a run of 25 league games that stretched back to April.
Mngqithi says AmaZulu gave their all in the game, and they took advantage of poor rest defence applied by his team.
“I think it was one of those games where I was never really impressed with our play,” Mngqithi told SuperSport after the game.
“I don’t think we were incisive enough. I don’t think we forced the opponents on their backfoot a lot.
“Many instances first half where we get the ball in a nice diagonal half space but we lose immediately the possession instead of progressing our attack, and the goal that we conceded was merely an outcome of poor rest defence.
“Because Mulenga had just come in, and Memela at that time was in a position of a striker and our centrebacks pulled off and when you pulled off, and we’ve got a player with Memela, at that time, was making a run in between Ricardo and Lyle Lakay, and it became very clear to me, if we survive in that in that one we’ll be very lucky.
“Because we were caught very open and that’s unlike us, but it’s a game of football, you must expect these things but the truth of the matter is we were not at our sharpest point, maybe the previous game took a lot from us, and losing Rivaldo very early in the match also had a very big impact in our performance.
“But in total, we never had a fairly fresh performance, I’m not giving an excuse, but I’m just saying we were not at the normal level that you would expect from us and we gave the ball away for too long.
“And I think it’s one of the games where we’ve conceded a lot of counter attacks, we normally don’t concede so many counter attacks, and our freshness in terms of counter pressing and all that was not at its best.
“Congratulations to AmaZulu, they gave it a fight and they gave their all into the game.
“They fought very hard, they wanted it. We also wanted it but unfortunately I think on the day, the chance they created was a clear opportunity that was created by our poor rest defence.”