Lelona Daweti explains Mamelodi Sundowns ladies’ costly errors after JVW draw

By Itumeleng Banda, Johannesburg, South Africa

Lelona Daweti was left to rue costly mistakes from Mamelodi Sundowns ladies in their 2-2 draw at JVW, with the striker considering her side’s failure to secure their seventh consecutive win.

The champions continued from where they left off last time out, getting in front early in the third minute courtesy of strike from Chuene Morifi at the Tsakane Stadium.

The Blue Diamonds, however, found their way back when skipper Nompumelelo Nyandeni headed home the equaliser off a free kick from the edge of the box in the 29th minute of the match.

Two minutes after the restart, the hosts secured the driving seat when Isabella Ludwig netted her third goal of the season thanks to a brilliant assist from Robyn Moodaly.

But the visitors found a response seven minutes later when Lelona Daweti fired a cracker past goalkeeper Kaylin Swart as both sides settled for a share of the spoils.

“We actually wanted to win that game so badly but the result of the game didn’t go the way we expected,” Daweti told SavidNews.

“So we had to take the point as it’s better than losing the game. We take the draw rather than a loss because we can now fix what we want to.

“After we scored the goal, we kind of like relaxed in the game because we thought that we were going to score more goals. We had the game in our hands, so we took advantage of that but it cost us.”

Sundowns were, however, unable to do enough to extend their winning momentum against their hard-fighting hosts, having won their opening six consecutive matches this season.

Despite rescuing her side from defeat, the forward believes her side would have been good value for a win, with the 21-year-old adding: “I had to rescue the team, it was bound to happen that I had to score.

“After that second goal, it was quiet a relief to the whole situation that we were at because
JVW was pressing us and we were pressing them. So it was a very high intense game, either way both teams had to score.

“We should have won this game because I missed a lot of opportunities, the ones that I missed cost the team the win. So in other words, I am beating myself up for this game this weekend.

“We appreciate the point that we got but we are not happy with the draw so we take it as it is and we just fix the mistakes that we made.”

Despite Saturday’s draw, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies retain their number one spot on the Hollywoodbets Super League log with 19 points and extended their unbeaten record this term.