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Mngqithi Unhappy With Chiefs Loss

Reflecting on the past season, Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Manqoba Mngqithi says he’s unhappy with his side’s defeat to Kaizer Chiefs and the amount of draws.

Sundowns won more than any team this season and only lost one game. They also scored the most goals in the league, and conceded the fewest.

“Ja, I really appreciate the numbers, what they tell, because the numbers are saying there’s a very big improvement from our previous season,” Mngqithi said after the final match of the season.

“And that is positive for us as a group, because we wanted to dominate in every match. Amongst our tatical agreements is to dominate the field, to dominate the ball, and by dominating the field we mean being in all the areas where we are supposed to be and winning all battles in any part of the field.

“Dominating the ball means possession, means shots at goals, means expected goals and possibilities, final third entries and all that.

“And the team has consistently given us that throughout the seasons, and the numbers in most cases do not lie.”

However, Mngqithi – always the perfectionist – couldn’t resist in looking at things his side could still improve on.

“But the truth of the matter is, there are a lot of draws that we got that I’m particularly not very happy about,” he added.

“And I also feel a little bit unhappy with the loss that we have. Maybe it’s me being me, being greedy a little bit, but I really believe the group worked very hard for them to have a season that could be even better than what it is.

“But one appreciates the fact that we never lost any game away from home. We’ve got the lowest number of goals conceded, we’ve got the highest number of goals scored.”

Despite winning the league, Mngqithi and and his co-head coach Rulani Mokwena were overlooked for this season’s Coach of the Season award, losing out to Benni McCarthy, who took AmaZulu from thirteenth to second place after joining Usuthu in December.

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