Manqoba reviews Downs' fringe stars


Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has reserved special praise for the group of players that played against Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday.

Sundowns beat Celtic 2-0 despite a number of fringe players getting a run, as they maintained their unbeaten record away from home in the domestic league this season.

The Brazilians started with the likes of Haashim Domingo, Andile Jali and Mothobi Mvala  in midfield, with Gaston Sirino, Peter Shalulile and Gift Motupa upfront against Siwelele.

Mngqithi gave a brief review of what he saw from some of the new combinations he put out on the park and singled out a number of players who stepped up.

"I believe the group played very well. I believe Haashim [Domingo] had a good game. Peter [Shalulile], as usual, also played well. Gift Motupa could have done better in the high press but I still believe he had some very good moments," he reflected.

"Mosa [Lebusa] at the back was firm, he had lot of good moments. AJ [Jali] also played good football and created some good moments in the attacking third.

"I still believe we could have done better than we did. When Grant [Margeman] came in, he  also showed good signs which was encouraging for us. Lesedi [Kapinga] also did well.

"Even Kennedy [Mweene] played well from the back, very helpful in our build up – we never really stressed whenever a back pass was played to him because he is very comfortable on the ball and he makes good decisions."

Goalkeeper Jody February, who sat on the bench on Wednesday, remains the only player not to have played in an official game for Sundowns this season.

Bafana Ba Style are set to complete their campaign with a clash against Cape Town City at home on Saturday, when they will also be handed the trophy as inaugural DStv Premiership champions.

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