Mngqithi – We Will Not Undermine Gallants
Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Manqoba Mngqithi says they will not undermine their opponents Marumo Gallants when they travel to Limpopo on Sunday.
Masandawana will be looking to go to the international break without any loss nor conceding a single goal since the start of the league season.
The 50-year-old tactician has out-singled some dangerous players from their opponents, saying they did the homework on how to defeat them.
“We are coming from a very difficult match just at the back of another complex match at the MTN8, and now we are playing against a team that many people will think it’s a very easy team to go by,” he told club’s media department.
“But from what one has seen, we are playing a very complex team, with a lot of very decisive players that can turn the game around, no wonder it’s the team that has qualified for the next stage of the Confederations Cup after beating Vita away from home.
“We are going into this match knowing very well that we are playing against a very complex side that has a lot of intricacies in their play and some of the players that they have in certain departments.
“We have looked at them, we know their structure, the two center backs, Lehlohonolo Nonyane being the most influential one with his left foot, creating a lot of good situations for his team with his passing game.
“Miguel Timm, another influential player in that team, always the one initiating build-ups in that first diamond with his goalkeeper and the two center backs.
“You also have to worry about players like Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, who normally plays as an 8 or a 10, hardworking, very dangerous in and around the box as well.
“Then you also have a free kick specialist Thabo Mnyamane, who plays in an inverted position, he plays on the right, but he’s left-footed, whenever given the time to cut in he’s got ability to crack it.
“There’s Sede Dion who we played against last season in the Champions League (Jwaneng Galaxy) from Botswana, very hard-working and combative and hard running. It’s a very deadly team like I’m saying, we know what to expect, we are going into the match knowing very well that the log positioning might not mean anything in this match, we just have to focus more on what we will be facing on the day and try to minimize the mistakes because they can punish us.
However, Mngqithi insists that they will stick to the culture’s team which is to win games and having a mentality of winning every match.
“The situation that we find ourselves in is a very intricate one because normally players tend to think after winning a trophy that even if they can have a bit of form they might not be punished, but at Sundowns it’s a different story, we go to every match with the mentality to win it, the humility that the game requires and the respect that the opposition requires.
“We never take any game for granted, we plan according to what we see, we have our principles that we always want to attach in our games, like our buildup schemes, our defensive structures and principles, our counter pressing and high press. At times when the need to break the press arises, more especially with the ability of Washington Arubi’s long kick we have to be aware of the spaces behind you.
“There’s a lot of other elements in the game that we must take care of in our structure and make sure that we go into the match knowing very well what to expect and knowing very well the challenges that we can encounter.”
“One is forever optimistic as a result of the way in which our players are working and the hunger that they are showing in each and every match, we are forever looking forward to very good performances from the group.”
The Tshwane giants travel to Polokwane to face Bahlabane Ba Ntwa in the DStv Premiership later today at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium at 17:30.