Mngqithi downplays any fears on Sundowns defence


Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi details his side's primary focus as he downplayed any fears of his side's defence after a roller-coaster win over Royal AM.

A start of 10 wins and no defeat with just five goals conceded after 14 games should provide all joy and no worry under any circumstances anywhere in the world.

However, for Sundowns this is still not enough to tick all the boxes as they map out their way to their fifth consecutive league title which is already within sight based on their current form.

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"It is never nice at Sundowns to draw a match or worse to lose a match, but the truth of the matter is that at a certain point in the league you must expect that you must concede a goal," says co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi.

In the last five league games, The Brazilians have drawn three and it was also in this period that they conceded for the first time in the two all draw with SuperSport United.

They have now conceded five but have the best numbers in just about all columns of the standings. 

"Not conceding a goal was beginning to pile a lot of pressure on our system because as Sundowns we are an attacking team and as an attacking team you must always say we will score more than the opponent and that is primary.

"In as much as we must work on our defence and in as much as we must work on how we counter-press and all those things to minimise the chance of conceding goals, we must understand that more than worrying about conceding goals we have a bigger responsibility of scoring more goals.

"We will always complain when we play a match, and we don’t score, or we score one because we always believe that we deserve to score two or more goals per match.

"Truth be told we have done the best we could with what we have but drawing two matches in one cycle is what hurts us the most because as Sundowns in one cycle at least you can take drawing one match and drawing two matches becomes a little bit more difficult for us.

"The group is fully aware, and we are working very hard to improve because in all the draws we got the good thing is that we believe we could have easily converted those draws into wins," says Mngqithi before referring to the matches.

"We played very well against SuperSport. We played very well against Stellenbosch. We played very well against Cape Town City and in all these matches we feel we dropped two points in each of those matches because we believe we deserved a better result based on all the other KPIs of the match and what we wanted to achieve. When you get the draws and concede goals, we are like any other team but at least we must fight very hard to make sure we don’t lose matches," he explains.

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