Mngqithi: We were playing for Madisha


Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes his charges should have scored up to eight goals against Chippa United, but felt the late Motjeka Madisha may have only wanted two goals.

Lebogang Maboe and Gaston Sirino scored two first-half goals and Sundowns somewhat took their foot off the gas, as they squandered plenty of chances to run riot.

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Mngqithi says perhaps scoring only two goals was meant to be on the day they were commemorating the life of the late Motjeka Madisha, who wore the number two jersey.

"The game panned out the way we thought, we knew that they would be planting five in the heart of midfield but we had planned for that, we wanted a direct confrontation with our full-backs and their wing-backs," Mngqithi told SuperSport TV.

"Both of them did very well, Lebo [Maboe] was exceptional, Lyle [Lakay] was exceptional in dealing with those one v ones but we didn't score the goals we should have scored, I think today we could have easily scored six or more goals.

"But there are times in football you must accept that maybe Madisha wanted us to only scored two [significance with his jersey number] because we were playing for him today so I think it's fair to give him the two goals that he might have wanted. Because today I honestly believe we deserve to score more than four, five goals but that's football for you," he said.

The former Golden Arrows coach went on to credit the club's analysts for their approach to matches and lamented the fact that they are not clinical enough in front of goals.

"It's very important to be very adaptable in our approach and understand what the opponents are doing, that is why maybe one should comment our analysts, they work very hard to present the right information.

"Because that also guides the way we train the team based on those micro-cycles, what does the opposition bring, we look them offensively and defensively and structure our training sessions to try and deal with the areas we feel are the opportunities for us to try to exploit their weaknesses," he said.

"Unfortunately at times we lose the plot, if you look at the game we played against Swallows, first-half we had adapted to what we knew they are going to present, we dominated the first-half, we could have easily scored a lot of goals in that space.

"But second-half, for whatever reason we decided to sit back, open and bring them into the game, that outcome is probably due to anxiety, the fact that we had not won a match in two games that we had played before.

"So one must accept that sometimes football will give you different answers but tactical organisation of the team is impressive but we're not ruthless enough, that's one area that we're always shouting and fighting for.

"We're not scoring as many goals as we should and when you come out of this match and have scored two goals, everybody gets excited that you've scored two goals but to be honest when you get chances like this, this is one game that should give you six, eight goals and from there you've got a very healthy goal difference," he added.

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