Manqoba hails Jali & Sirino's impact

Premiership

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi was pleased with the impact made by the second-half substitutes after claiming a come-from-behind win over Black Leopards.

Ovidy Karuru broke the deadlock for Leopards in the first minute of the second stanza but his goal was cancelled out by Peter Shalulile in the 64th minute, before the Namibian netted the winner in second-half stoppage time.

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Having played the final 30 minutes with 10 men, Manqoba was pleased to see the substitutes play a starring role when introduced.

"It was one of those matches where when we had all the numbers we did not put the intensity that we put when we were a man short, it's very strange," Mngqithi told SuperSport TV.

"Because I believe first-half we gave a little bit more, they gained confidence and momentum and started to think they can play the moment we started putting them under pressure and working very hard.

"I must say the substitutes that we put in also added a lot of value to the guys that had already exhausted their legs, I believe 'AJ' [Andile Jali], [Sphelele] Mkhulise did a very good account of themselves," he said.

"Gaston [Sirino], [Lesedi] Kapinga also instrumental but Peter [Shalulile] was a tiger up top, fighting for every ball, you can never take that away, the captain [Hlompho Kekana] playing as a 6 and also coming to play as a central defender at a later stage, fought very well with Mosa [Lebusa] and [Lebohang] Maboe.

"I must commend him, it's very difficult to move from midfield into the defence during the game and still be able to adapt quickly, so it was encouraging."

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