This is how champions are made – Coach Manqoba Mngqithi

Mamelodi Sundowns have maintained their unbeaten run in all competitions as they beat Stellenbosch by two goals to one in the DStv Premiership on Saturday afternoon at the Danie Craven stadium. Masandawana has played seventeen games in the league and has collected thirty-nine points and are currently the log leaders. The only time they tasted defeat was in the first game of the season in the MTN8.

“We always know when we play Stellenbosch it’s always a tough one, we knew they are on the rise after two back-to-back wins. Structurally they look good and also their organisation has improved in leaps and bounds, they are not relying on the counter-attacking game. Honestly speaking our boys fought hard, they were stronger than us in the first half. We had to readjust our shape and try to match what they were doing because we realised that structurally they were having an edge. Thanks to the coaches I work with, in identifying these things we seem to be on top of our game. The moment we matched their structure and went pound-for-pound with them, we knew that in terms of quality we might have the edge. For us, this was a six-pointer as not many people can come through to Stellenbosch and it was important that we get the results and thanks to the boys for the fighting spirit. This is how champions are made” said Coach Manqoba Mngqithi.

The game looked set for a draw but Peter Shalulile had other ideas as he headed home the winner with his eighth goal in the DStv Premiership. Coach Manqoba Mngqithi spoke about the impact that Shalulile has on the side and said “It will be difficult to control his celebrations as we do not know what happens with him emotionally when he scores a goal. I have never met a player that is as fit as Peter, in terms of flexibility, strength and power that is why if he goes down he quickly gets up. We prefer a better celebration but if he scores for me and he keeps scoring, plays every game and is celebrating that way I do not mind”.

Next up for Masandawana is the return leg of the CAF Champions League group stage match against TP Mazembe at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday.

4 Responses
  1. Lamamelodi

    “We prefer a better celebration but if he scores for me and he keeps scoring, plays every game and is celebrating that way I do not mind”.
    Lol! you killed me coach Manqoba. On the other hand, I could only wish them some better results against TP Mazembe on tuesday. I do feel for the boys, it’s getting heated now; with one game after the other.


    I think PSL is trying everything in their power to stop us bcoz their teams are failing to do so,not knowing that they giving advantage to us instead,we played under very hot conditions in DRC before Stellies game,you could see that those hard running Stellies boys were finished the second half and we became more stronger bcoz we can easily adapt to any conditions.That was unfair labour practice,someone could have collapsed under those conditions,it was the first time i see Maboe so very tired,i alwys counted on him,Shaulile,Morena and Mkhulise to run for 90 minutes every game but,it was tough.Thanks for the hard fought victory,your job is too bad to our health because we are always stress free when you guyz play and we gain more weight.Every team in Africa fear the name Sundowns and that is psychological advantage to our side,keep it up.Any update on Erasmus’injury?