On Wednesday evening Mamelodi Sundowns won the Tshwane Derby in emphatic fashion beating SuperSport United 3-1 to grab three major points to win the inaugural DStv Premiership title.
“We wanted to give it our best shot, we wanted to win the championship from this match. It’s always nicer when you win a derby and win a championship.” said Coach Manqoba Mngqithi after the important derby win in Pretoria.
He continued and said: “The first championship we won with Coach Pitso [Mosimane] was here in this stadium, we were playing against Supersport and we wanted to replicate that and win it in a derby. When you win it in a derby it’s nicer, it gives you a little bit of more pride.”
Masandawana were the stars on the night that had everyone watching in awe as they attacked SuperSport with multiple attacks and retained the majority of the ball possession. “We did dominate the way we wanted to dominate, there is no reason why a team that is leading by 3-0 should be caught on the break. There is no reason why a team that is leading by 3-0 should be so open in the zone 14 area where [Tebogo] Mokoena scored that goal, those were very saddening moments because, to be honest we never really deserved to concede based on the performance that we had given.” said Coach Manqoba.
Abafana baStyle have won seventeen games of the twenty-seven premier league encounters that they played this season before their twenty-one match unbeaten record was ended by Kaizer Chiefs. “Every match that we play, we play to win and we don’t risk the possibilities of losing matches. We’ve got a very big responsibility towards making sure that we set our own records, we set our own standards as a team and so far there is a lot of positives [like] the fact that up until this point we’ve dominated 99% of the matches.” Coach Manqoba reflected on the team’s great performance this season.
Coach Steve Kompela was amongst the members of the technical staff that gets to reap the fruits of their work in the Downs community this season, and Coach Manqoba payed tribute to his fellow coach: “Maybe it was God’s wish that he [Steve Komphela] should win it when he’s working with us and we really appreciate that.”
The Mamelodi Sundowns reserve team have been exceptional in their DStv Diski Rewired campaign with the final of the tournament to be played on Sunday 30 May. With some players already making their way into the senior team training camp, Coach Manqoba is delighted by these strides: “It would be nice for us to get an opportunity to go and watch that match [however] with the numbers that are expected in the stadium I don’t know if we would be allowed to be a part of that and have a look at the boys that have played well. We are looking forward to seeing them winning it for Sundowns.”
Mamelodi Sundowns play against Moroka Swallows on Saturday 29 May, Dobsonville Stadium, kick-off is 17h00.