Mngqithi explains why Kapinga is not ready yet


Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has given an update on one of their signings, Lesedi Kapinga, who has been missing in action since the start of the 2020/21 DStv Premiership season.

Kapinga was signed on a 5-year-deal after an impressive two seasons at Black Leopards.

The 25-year-old has struggled for game time or even make the match day squad at the star studded Sundowns team since his arrival.

Talking to the media after the 0-0 draw against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) on Wednesday night at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Mngqithi says there are certain aspects of Kapinga’s game that needs to improve before he can be considered for a starting place.

“He is not injured, he is still trying hard to adapt to the conditions at Sundowns,” said Mngqithi.

“He is a very good player offensively, but he still has a lot of work to do defensively. At Sundowns, unfortunately, we expect everybody to help the team when we don’t have the ball, we work very hard to try and regain position of the ball.

“That is one of the big aspects of his game that must improve. He is also not taking good care of the ball, he loses the ball cheap and in a big team like Sundowns when you lose ball now and again you are always exposed to counter attacks,” he said.

“So I think those are some of the areas that he still has to improve on. He is a very good player, we know what he is capable of, but there is still a very big amount of work that he still has to do for him to really command a start or even a substitute position at Sundowns,” added Mngqithi.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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