Manqoba: We test as much as possible


Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has thanked the management at the club for allowing them to do regular Covid-19 tests.

Mngqithi, along with Rhulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela lead the Brazilians to a crucial win in the DStv Premiership race with Brian Onyango grabbing the only goal of the game from a set-piece against Orlando Pirates.

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And Mngqithi began by saying the match turned out to be just the way him and his colleagues had expected, before explaining why there were unable to field their strongest side.

"I think it went the way we planned yet," Mngqithi told SuperSport TV.

"I still think we were a bit in Christmas mode. I think we could have scored a lot of goals in this match. We could have been more composed and clinical in our moments. Because we knew they have a very high line. There were times when their keeper was left alone with Hlatshwayo, but we never really exploited those moments.

"Once again we should compliment the work done by everyone around the team. I believe the group is working very hard, the technical staff, support staff and players.

"When you want to win a championship, it's very important to have depth. We've had moments where already this year we lost maybe eight or nine players. The game against Arrows, for example. But we still managed to come back with something and people thought we are saving players for the Champions League.

"It was not the case because players were just not available for many other reasons. But we went onto Botswana with a team that was again short of ten or 11 players. And once again the group worked very hard and we managed to come back with the result.

"In essence, we've not really had our best eleven in the last five matches because of injuries, medical stuff and things like that. And also Covid. We must also say that Covid is there and alive. Fortunately, our management is working very hard to make sure that we do test as much as possible to make sure that we don't transfer it to other people.

"And I must commend the president of the club for allowing us to test as many times as we can. If I can speak myself, I've tested three times. From the time we opened on the 28 because we want to make sure we keep it safe and that everyone is available. And those who are playing are not in a better position to infect others. That for me is a very big initiative."