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Mngqithi – It’s Just Not Nice To Drop Points

Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Manqoba Mngqithi was disappointed to drop points, but said Stellenbosch and the windy conditions, gave them a tough time in Saturday’s 1-1 draw.

Junior Mendieta gave the home team the lead in Saturday night’s fixture, before Lyle Lakay equalised for the DStv Premiership leaders.

Mngqithi says it was always going to be a tough game, but they missed out on a few chances in the first half which they failed to take.

“The truth of the matter is, we’ve always known it’s not gonna be an easy match,” Mngqithi said after the game.

“Stellenbosch always gives us a tough time. But we got very good chances first half, which I think we could have capitalised on.

“Kutumela was very clear, Sage made a very good save on Grant’s head. I think Peter also could have done something.

“But unfortunately, when we did not take those chances, and they get a break, which I think we could have dealt with early enough before it even arrives to the box.

“I still have to see properly what happened in the penalty, but I do believe it’s possible that it was a penalty, even though I’ve not seen any video footage at this stage.”

Mngqithi says that while they weren’t surprised by how Stellenbosch set up up front, there were a few surprise selections in other positions.

“We expected that they would play with a Dimgba and Du Preez up front, to try and look for the space behind our defence,” Mngqithi continued.

“We did expect that Junior Mendieta would play as a 10, or maybe come from the wide channels to come into the hole or the half spaces. And that’s exactly what happened.

“But the personnel changed a little bit. We were hoping Sinkala was going to start in the center of the midfield with Jabaar. The younger came in and he did a very good job, Solomon he played very well.

“Their defence also changed completely from what we anticipated. But nonetheless, the game panned out the way we thought it could be.”

Mngqithi also said the gusty winds did not help matters.

“But unfortunately, man, the conditions the wind was too much, and it made the game not to flow the way we would have wanted,” he added.

“I thought when we got the equaliser, we’d gain control of the game, but I think we’re a little bit more anxious.

“And we ended up spoiling many very good moments because the wind was favouring us, and at times we over hit the ball and all that.

“But I think we did well, just that it’s not nice to drop points.”

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