Mamelodi Sundowns have endured a tough time in their Premiership title defence in the last three matches after bagging only two points out of a possible nine, but head co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi says there’s no need to press the panic button yet.
Mngqithi’s troops were held to a goalless draw by a determined Golden Arrows outfit at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Wednesday evening to extend their league winless run to three matches.
The DStv Premiership leaders, Sundowns with two games in hand now only hold a one-point lead over in-form and second-placed AmaZulu, who hammered Cape Town City 5-1 and have put together a 15-match unbeaten run in the league.
“I am not panicking, I think we are in control of what is likely to happen and to be honest I am very confident that we are still going to bounce back stronger and be able to consolidate our place in the log,” said a relaxed Mngqithi.
“I believe if we had lost this one [Arrows game] instead of losing the game we lost against Kaizer Chiefs, I would have said that we lost to a very good team because I believe these guys very play good football with a lot of intensity both offensively and defensively, they make you work very hard. They are a very offensive-minded team with very good attributes.”
‘The Brazilians’ lack of finesse in front of goal is not much of a worry for Mngqithi despite his side only managing to score one goal in their last four matches in all competitions.
“Unfortunately, in football at times you go through that rough patch where you don’t score goals, this will soon pass,” he said.
“I am concerned that we haven’t been winning games lately, but I am not concerned about the performance of the team.”
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi