While Mamelodi Sundowns enjoys a seven-point lead at the top of the DStv Premiership log standings, co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi says clinching or ‘getting it’ the league title is the last thing on his mind.
‘The Brazilians’ will continue to work hard and look for improvements as they head into their last four league matches against SuperSport United, Swallows, Bloemfontein Celtic and Cape Town City.
Mngqithi’s troops now need two more wins from the final four league encounters of the season, Sundowns though, are not carried away by their hefty lead and already thinking about the championship.
“Our focus is not on smelling it (the title) or getting it. Our focus is on the process. We played our first game of the last cycle and we are happy that we claimed maximum points,” said Mngqithi.
“The last four games we still expect to get probably a minimum of nine points and that will make us very happy with the cycle.
“But it will be nice to get 15 points in that cycle, but our focus remains on the process rather than what the log table is. To us, our benchmark and legacy will be determined by what we did in these cycles and in the end where did they take us,” added Mngqithi.
The defending league champions are aiming for their fourth straight championship. A feat that has never been achieved in South Africa’s topflight.
“It was important for us to win these catch-up matches because we could see the pressure was mounting. We have some important matches coming up in the Caf Champions League [versus Al Ahly].
“We are almost there in getting the number of points that we are looking for. It was very important that we fight.”
The Tshwane giants next challenge is a big one as they face former head coach Pitso Mosimane’s African champions ‘The Red Devils’ in the Champions League quarter-final first leg next Saturday in Egypt.
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