Mngqithi – They Nearly Got Us At The Death
Mamelodi Sundowns Co-Head Coach Manqoba Mngqithi was pleased to pick up three points in the 1-0 win against TS Galaxy in the DStv Premiership on Sunday, and says winning their catch-up games this weeks has eased pressure.
Sunday’s 1-0 victory sees Sundowns finally catch up with most teams, as they played their 26th game of the season, and the log leaders are now seven points clear of second-placed AmaZulu, with four games remaining.
Mngqithi says the wins this week against Tshakhuma and TS Galaxy have kept them on target.
“Ja, it was always important for us to to fight to win these catch-up matches, because we could see the pressure was mounting and some important matches that are coming in the CAF Champions League,” Mngqithi said after the game.
“So it is very important that during the stress of Champions League, at least we are almost there in getting the number of points that we’re looking for.
“So it was very important to fight for a result like this, because we knew it was never going to be that easy.
“Owen [Da Gama] is always difficult. And once you get a goal, you know their pressing systems are not always the best up top, because they’re not used to that culture. So we had to retain possession better and try to be a little bit more patient and make sure that we don’t give them a sniff of a chance. Unfortunately at the death they nearly got us, from our set piece, immediately we had a counter attack, and they nearly punished us and thank God it did no go in.”
Mngqithi also says that they’re not thinking about the league title yet, and are just focussed on their process.
“Our focus is not there, it’s not on smelling it or getting it, our focus is on our process. We’re playing our first match of our last cycle. And we are happy that we’ve got maximum points,” he added.
“And then the next four games, we still expected to get probably a minimum of nine points will make us to be very happy with the cycle. But it would be nice to get 15 points in the cycle.
“But our focus is more on that process, more than focusing on what the log table is, because to us our benchmarking and our legacy will be determined by what we did in these cycles, and see ourselves at the end where do they take us.”