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Mnguni – Midfield battle key to winning

Mnguni believes the MTN8 semi-final between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns will be won in midfield

Posted: 26 August 2011 Time: 3:57 pm

Former Mamelodi Sundowns captain Themba Mnguni believes the MTN8 semi-final between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday will be won in the middle of the park.  

Mnguni, now 38 and coaching in the Vodacom League, played in some of the two legged Rothmans Cup matches between Orlando Pirates and Sundowns in the 1990's and recalls how they used to triumph in a similar situation that the current Downs team finds themselves in.   In the 1997 Rothmans Cup semi-final, Sundowns and Pirates drew 2-2 in the first leg. With the second leg ending in a goalless draw Downs advanced to the Final on the away goal rule.    Mnguni played a big role in defence in both matches and admits that he employed all legitimate time wasting tactics to buy time as his team held on to the 2-2 draw in the first leg.   Again in 1999, Pirates and Downs were in the Rothmans Cup semi-final. Pirates scored a crucial away goal to win 1-0 in Pretoria in the first leg but the tables were turned as Downs won the second leg match 3-1 at FNB Stadium.    "The difference between the situation now and ours was that it was in our hands. On Sunday, what Sundowns need to do is to score an early goal so that it becomes in their hands and once it is in their hands then they will know what to do. 

_quote   "Look at the first leg match, Downs lost focus in the dying minutes and conceded a late goal and this is what took it out of their hands. All is not lost for them because they looked more convincing than Pirates."   Mnguni says the midweek matches clearly show that Downs are favourites but they still need to up their work rate and stay focused.    "They demolished Swallows on Wednesday while Pirates were very disappointing against Maritzburg United. The Benni McCarthy red card also does not do them any good while the Teko Modise factor will also have a say on the day.   "This match will be won in the middle of the park where Teko Modise and Musa Nyatama operate. Modise is regaining his old form and also being called to Bafana Bafana will motivate him a lot.    "Nyatama is in great form having scored in two successive matches, while Pirates midfield is not at their best. Jali is not at his best and he loses a lot of possession while he is also not at his best with his passing. This gives Downs midfield an edge on this one.    "Benni is out with suspension, while Mphela has shown that he can do the damage if he is let loose. I do know that it may be very dangerous to judge using only one match but there is nothing in the Pirates team that showed that they will triumph," he adds.  

Article by: Patrick Zikalala

Previous comments on this story...

Mlu 4 Bucs.
posted: 04:20 pm
well i dont blame u on dat, dats ur opinion hence u r a Sunclown supporter. bt wat u mus know is dat Sunclowns dey failed 2 beat da Champs.
Anonymous
posted: 04:34 pm
hey wena mguni,jerry skhosana was mesmerizing u ,while was a defender,stop teling u crap,,mngunicow
Anonymous
posted: 04:39 pm
a very subjective mnguni but understandable am a bucs fan who agree's that sundown has more depth than us more specially up front for sunday's game we need the malawian striker its beyond doubt proving that ndulula is not our solution
Anonymous
posted: 04:42 pm
Everytime Downs play Bucs, Downs are always favourates but end up loosing...All factors except for Swallows & Maritzburg factor were there when we bit his factors coming from behind. Sum of his factors can't even kick da penalt, so Sunday and c what your factors can do !!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 04:45 pm
Pirates could have come back with 4:2 goal, bt nevertheless PIrates can still knock them down again....shaaaapa bucs shaaaaaapa
Khosi-faithful
posted: 04:50 pm
The legend has spoken. Good luck to both teams on the weekend. I hope to see an enternaining match and look forward to who will triumph in that mid-field battle.

Khosi4life, let's all go to Cape Town stadium Cape town khosians and support our boys while they take on Ajax.

Rise Khosi Rise.
Anonymous
posted: 04:55 pm
Am with u mr mnguni on a point ka andile he nt up 2 his game an samtimes he looses the ball eazy bt sunflawa sory nt this tm bucs 2 sundowns 1
Anonymous
posted: 05:00 pm
As a loyal khosi fan,i wish the best team the best of luck.this is the most mesmerizing clash n thanx to nespray(sunflopz coach is slowly showing his pedigree).Manyesa factor n Teko factor makes this game to be even more entertaining.

Anyway may the best team meet meet CHIEFS in the FINAL.
Anonymous
posted: 05:09 pm
It's Amazing how quickly idi0ts like Mnguni forget that we've thrashed the Nyaope Addicts 4 times without a reply,where was Teko and Nyatama in the 1st leg? Sunflops will remain our daily bread until Teko Wins a League medal,we are not Swallows who couldn't score a single goal when they were 1 on 1 with Sandilands on 3 occasions,we are the TREBLE CHAMPS Mnguni needs to keep that in mind that's if he has one,we beat flops before without Benni McCarthy we are not a one man team...Im Proud Of BuCs...TREBLE SwaG FACT!
Anonymous
posted: 05:19 pm
Wakhuluma bo we Mnguni wakhona
Anonymous
posted: 05:23 pm
McCarthy: "I believe, i was going to score a hatrick against Maritzburg last night, but some people had other ideas. This i a wake up call for me. I gues this what you get for playing for the best team in the PSL." Source: www.orlandopiratesfc.com
Sweyts',)
posted: 05:35 pm
Askies tu, please do'nt insult our legend when he makes sense, because when your legends stab people 'dood', we as Dawanas keep quite. mh.

Well laid out Mthimbana, only a real swengu can dispute that i-Pirates abantu bethu grend, grend.

Sky's ze limit, until okapi's and rifles are illegal in Mayfair plaza. mh.
Anonymous
posted: 05:49 pm
The Teko factor is going to destroy Bucks on Sunday
Anonymous
posted: 06:21 pm
We will beat sunclowns until jesus come, we were not convincing according to mnguni bt we scored 4 goals surprisingly with 11 shots on target comparing to sundowns 3 shots, I understand ur a sunclown mnguni but you failed to crack us with predictable krol dont thnk u can do it nw.
Mzansi
posted: 06:28 pm
Sure Sandawana, u c evry one see what
U ar saying, bt they wil try molishing
Coz what u ar saying ar all facts,
Sundowns players ar to b blame if they lus
To Pi-rats,frm the deffence to the strikes
We macth them puond to puond if not better
I don't think history will help u this time
KABOYELLOW
Anonymous
posted: 06:45 pm
@ Sweeytes wht du u expect 4 a drukan master especil friday? Here we speak futbol insulting each ada guy so stop insulting our Legend 2 our article plz! Cn Bucs make t five n a row? NEVER! Can dey beat us twice in MTN8 Cup even @ Luftus? NO NO NO infact NEVER!
Great-1
posted: 06:48 pm
Condolences to Makhanya's Family

Botsotso Ernest Makhanya Rest in Peace You've been Everything i mean every thing,You are one of the Past Players who made a difference in Our Community

Lala ngoxolo Botsotso aka Bhakaniya elihle
Tolly.ba.Thathe
posted: 07:56 pm
Well that's your biased analysis because Flops have always had a special place in your heart so you can say it as much as possible, Mr Nguni...but at the end of the day the game will determined in the field of play.
GAME OVA
posted: 08:59 pm
It is going to be a tough game for sure, but mission SPANKY-SPANKY will continue on Sunday. The midfield battle will be legendary, but Manyisa+Jali> Teko+Musa+Moriri+the referee.

Up the BUCS
Anonymous
posted: 09:01 pm
Yiba nathi baba sesilala uvikele wonke aMaBhakhaniya izitheni zethu zonke ezigcwele umhlaba wonke uphinde nkosi uhambele iznhliziyo zorefree ezigcwele inzondo nomona angibakhohlwa abafana beAjax ubabheke ubanike isbindi sokulwa namazebra amazebra ke wona uwandisele nawo kuthi uma esedlala njalo abone amabhola amabili besekuthi uma ekhahlela akhahlele ibhola eliwrong,amen
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