'No time to complain about the pitch'
Posted: 12 February 2019 Time: 09:00
Mamelodi Sundowns right-back Anele Ngcongca says there’s no time to complain about the pitch they will be playing on tonight when they take on Ivorian side ASEC Mimosas in Abidjan.
Sundowns take on ASEC at Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny at 18h00 tonight, almost two weeks after beating the Ivorian giants 3-1 at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Matchday 3 in the group stages.
The Brazilians are top of Group A on six points and are looking to enhance their chances of progressing by getting their first win away from home. There are concerns about the pitch, but Ngcongca says their attitude will determine if they can overcome the hosts.
“There’s the heat, but we have experience enough to manage the game. The pitch is not one of the greatest pitches, but we don’t have to complain. We have to go out there and do the job. The most important thing is to make sure the attitude is right and the mentality is okay,” Ngcongca said, after Sundowns trained on the pitch on Monday.
“We’ve been in this situation before, so it’s nothing new. If your mindset is right on the day, anything is possible.”
Ngcongca says it’s not about playing beautiful football, but rather having soldiers who can fight for maximum points.
“When I look at it, both teams like to play football. But I think it will be a game of mistakes when I look at the pitch. No one is going to play nice football. On the day we are going to need soldiers because both teams will be fighting for maximum points. There’s no beautiful football on that pitch. The most important thing is to see ourselves going through and hopefully we can.”
Sundowns lost their only away game thus far in the group, going down 2-1 to Nigerian side Lobi Stars after taking the lead through Anthony Laffor.
Ngcongca is confident they can do well this time round and come back home with three points.
“We have not done well away, but if I look at the Lobi game we could have done better. But it’s water under the bridge and we need to look at our next game. It’s possible to collect three points. I believe it’s possible for Sundowns to collect points away because we’ve done it before.”