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Mngqithi On Pitso Snub

Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Manqoba Mngqithi has commented on Pitso Mosimane rushing off the pitch after their CAF Champions League clash.

Mosimane had opted not to exchange formalities with the Downs bench and instead rushed down the tunnel after being confronted by Masandawana fans before the game.

Sundowns apologised for their fans’ behaviour without mentioning Mosimane in person and Mngqithi was now the first member of the technical team to speak after the incidents.

He insisted there is no bad blood between him and his predecessor.

“We haven’t spoken yet, but we will speak. We don’t have animosity between ourselves,” said Mngqithi, as per Kick Off.

The Downs coach also addressed his site’s shortcomings, saying they are very close to breaking into Africa’s top four teams.

“If you remember we have played Al Ahly now three times in a row, it’s proven to be one team we
have struggled to go beyond. We managed the first time around and we had Wydad after that,” Mngqithi said after the game,” Mngqithi explained.

“It’s been a little bit tough but it’s something we’re learning through, we’re already in the top eight, very close to the top four. 

“But unfortunately in that top eight you meet the potential finalists, because in all these competitions. When Wydad took us out, they went on all the way to the final to win it. Al Ahly when they took us out, they went all the way to win it. 

“So it tells you that we’re competing at a level where now it’s about breaking through to the top four, and settling in the top four, because we’ve settled in the top eight. 

“But I think it’s a very good work in progress because we are never really out-played by these teams. 

“We don’t create moments maybe to go through, but we never really fall short tactically or in terms of personnel. 

“But the goals we conceded in Cairo for instance, both our mistakes, but again we dominated the space there, come to this match we dominated again. But at times you’d say dominating the game and not winning does not mean anything.”