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Manqoba Mngqithi Spilled The Beans About Alleged Fallout Between Sundowns Coaches

For the first time, Manqoba Mngqithi has spoken out regarding the purported feud between the Mamelodi Sundowns coaches, saying that people should stop spending their time on this non-issue. 

Downs clinched first place by defeating Orlando Pirates 2-0 in a top-of-the-table showdown on Saturday. 

Mngqithi was naturally effusive in his admiration for his team's performance after the game. 

He was also asked about the recent rift between the Sundowns technical team and the club, which Rulani Mokwena confirmed had occurred but said the technical team and the club had long since moved on from.

During his post-match press conference, he said, "I think you're going to waste too much time in your life looking at the negatives and not focusing on what the team is doing." 

“South Africans, please try to understand that there will always be arguments and individual differences in every family. 

However, the truth is that this does not imply that we are fighting, and fighting is something else entirely.

“Our objective is to assist Sundowns win games, and if you keep bringing this issue up, you're not helping other teams because they'll keep focusing on whether or not the team is stable, and we'll keep getting points. Help the teams focus more on the positive aspects of what Sundowns is doing at this time, because I believe that should be the priority at this point, because the boys have done a fantastic job.” 

On Tuesday, Downs will play Golden Arrows in the second leg of the MTN8 semi-final.

Outsiders may see Mamelodi Sundowns as a well-oiled machine and a finished product, but co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi says it's a different story for people inside the club, with the technical team still having a few areas of worry. 

Sundowns beat Orlando Pirates 2-0 in Soweto on Saturday, equaling their own record of seven league games without conceding a goal. Namibian striker Peter Shalulile scored both goals in the second half.

They enter Tuesday's MTN8 second leg semifinal against Golden Arrows in Atteridgeville not only with a lead, having scored a critical away goal in the 1-1 draw in Clermont, but also with a swagger, having collected 13 points out of a possible 15 in the Premiership. 

Sundowns may be seen as clinical in front of goal and sturdy at the back by many, but Mngqithi believes the squad is still not at the level it wants to be, especially with its Caf Champions League responsibilities coming.


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