Mamelodi Sundowns must show more consistency this season and amass at least 70 points if they are to mount a serious challenge for the Premiership title, co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has said.
The league champions are unbeaten in four DStv Premiership matches and emerged as the early season favourites to clinch the league title for a fourth consecutive campaign.
Mngqithi, who is assisted by co-coaches Rhulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela has challenged his troops to match the points record which Sundowns achieved in the 2015/16 season under former coach Pitso Mosimane.
“The group is slowly coming together, and we are slowly, slowly getting into the condition where the team got 71 points. We are trying very hard to push for that benchmark,” said Mngqithi.
In the 2015/16 campaign, the Brazilians were unstoppable, winning the double and the Caf Champions League on their way to setting a domestic record of 18 games unbeaten from September 2015 until March 2016.
The Tshwane giants are at the summit of the log standings and Mngqithi said losing the MTN8 quarterfinal against Bloemfontein Celtic was a blessing in disguise.
“I think it helped us when we bombed out of the MTN8 because that was a big surprise for the team. We really wanted to go through,” he said.
“However, I still believe we deserved to have won that game, but in football, these things happen. I think that setback galvanised us going to our first league match against Kaizer Chiefs (Sundowns won 3-0) and we have kept that momentum going.
“It is important for Sundowns to keep on collecting points in the early stages of this season,” concluded Mngqithi.
Sundowns will tackle Stellenbosch in their next league encounter on Saturday evening in Pretoria.
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