“We cried,” says Mngqithi of Sundowns



As if Manqoba Mngqithi took a cue from Anita Baker’s hit song No More Tears, he says tears dried in Chloorkop after Mamelodi Sundowns became distressed following an unexpected exit from the Caf Champions League.

The Downs co-manager says his team has a belief system that plans to deal with emotions for a specific amount of time before shifting focus to the next assignment.

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“We have a 24 hour rule and this has been ingrained in the minds of the players. For any setback of happiness, we still have to focus on the next game, even if we win a big match, celebrate for 24 hours, “said Mngqithi, who had to watch hopes of a second continental title crush last weekend after. a 1-1 draw with Petro Atletico and lost the overall draw 3-2.

Now we have to be angry for 24 hours, feel bad, cry a little and after 24 hours we have to go back because there is a big match on Wednesday. We have to play that game well and win the championship and maybe this can help us come back stronger and help us understand who we are. We still have the Nedbank Cup ahead of us and we cannot afford to dwell too much on what we cannot change. It is no longer in our hands.

The veteran mentor’s team may have taken something from supporters of their rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, apparently suggesting that Masandawana spends a lot of money on transfers but can’t win the so-called Holy Grail yet. But Mngqithi says this is common in the world of football.

Imagine how many investments Paris Saint Germain invested to win the Champions League. They still have to work hard to make sure they get what they want to achieve. Perhaps we also have a responsibility to dig deep until we get what we want. Manchester City and every other great team are in that space. Unfortunately you try and it doesn’t happen, “Mngqithi said.

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