Mngqithi: Stellies always make us sweat

Nedbank Cup

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi says Stellenbosch FC always make the Brazilians 'sweat' after their 3-2 extra-time victory in the Nedbank Cup Round of 32.

With the scores locked at 1-1, Downs thought they were progressing when Gaston Sirino netted in stoppage to make it 2-1. But there was still time for Phathutshedzo Nange to equalise and send the game to extra-time.

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Eventually, Peter Shalulile found the winner with four minutes of extra-time remaining to cap a five-goal thriller.

"It's one of those games we knew was going to be very difficult. We anticipated they would defend with a very low block and when they do that it demands a lot on us," Mngqithi told SuperSport TV.

"At times I thought we were moving the ball a little bit slow which did not help us to find the openings quicker. We kept demanding that. Which is why we brought on players that could play between the lines and also Thapelo (Morena) to offer us more width and speed on the side.

"To be honest, we knew it wasn't going to be an easy game. It was always going to be scrappy. But I think it was good for the viewers at home because a game with five goals is always entertaining but if you look at the goals we conceded they were very cheap goals.

"Ja, we anticipated that Du Preez would be a problem. I saw from the beginning of the match that he immediately occupied a position on one side of our central defence and I said 'here we go' because I knew they were looking for that space behind the defence.

"Fortunately we dealt with those situations but we came a very silly goal. But nobody will say we were not aware that Du Preez would cause problems in behind our defence, Skelem as well. Stanley the Nigerian gives a very goo account of himself behind the defence.

"But I must say they are a very difficult team to play. Everytime we play Stellenbosch we always sweat. But I don't remember it being a five-goal game. I always remember it being one or two goal game.

"I commend the hard work and the shift the boys put in. But we are still not assured enough in front of goal."