Mngqithi: You must never take City for granted


Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi was not satisfied with a point on Saturday evening, but he did give credit to Cape Town City.

The dropped points doesn’t affect the Brazilians position at the top the table, as it’s only the second time that they dropped points this season.

“I’m never satisfied with a point but it was a very good match. They gave a very good account of themselves," Mngqithi told SuperSport TV.

“We played against a very good team, people must never take this team for granted, it’s a very good team and to come back with a point because there were stages in the match where they threatened us more especially on transitions.

“They had Fagrie [Lakay] looking for possibilities and overloading the ball side so a point, not satisfied but I respect the fact that I also got a point and a clean sheet because we were playing against a very good team."

The duration of the match filtered into a tough but congested midfield tussle with Mngqithi crediting the Citizens to this effect.

“One thing you must give credit to, probably for both teams because these turnovers you are talking about were a result of counter-pressing from both teams.

“Both groups in the midfield worked very hard to make sure that they stabilise each other and at times the tempo of the game was a little bit faster that’s why there were a lot of mistakes from time to time.

“But generally like I said we were playing against a very good team and this team deserve a bit of respect too,” Mngqithi said.

With Sundowns known for opening up teams at will, they came unstuck against the Citizens though the boss notes a few moments that slipped from their grasp while saluting their ladies team too after the Champions League triumph.

“I think we had some moments first half on the wing play more especially on Divine Lunga on the left channel and I think there we weren’t decisive enough and clinical enough and those moments in as much as they were few and far between but those moments could’ve decided the game,” he said.

“We’re ecstatic because these ladies have done very well, they won the championship last year without losing a match in South Africa. They did very well throughout the Cosafa, they have always been strong so they deserve this and they worked very hard and they were very clinical.

“They did not get too many chances in that match but they buried the few that they got and we must give them credit for that and we are very excited as the Sundowns family."