The 49-year-old feels that the Brazilians ought to have been awarded two penalties as he disagreed with among the referee’s choices

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Manqoba Mngqithi was happy with the Tshwane giants’ mentality following their hard-fought win over Stellenbosch on Saturday afternoon. 

Masandawana got here again to defeat Stellies 2-1 in a PSL match at Danie Craven Stadium with Peter Shalulile grabbing a late profitable aim for the defending champions. 

Stanley Dimgba opened the scoring handy Stellenbosch the lead within the first half, however Gaston Sirino levelled issues after the restart and Shalulile sealed Sundowns’ win in stoppage time. 

“I am telling you video games towards Stellenbosch are by no means straightforward, structurally, the form they adopted within the first-half made our lives very troublesome, we needed to dig very deep to get the consequence,” Mngqithi advised SuperSport TV.

“Because of all of the coaches for the substitutions they made as a result of Aubrey [Modiba]’s cross was the innovative and I additionally consider [Mauricio] Affonso got here and gave account of himself.

“With Peter within the field you all the time hope for one thing when balls fall to that space however credit score should be given to them they actually gave us run for our cash and at occasions in patches they’d an excellent passing recreation.

“With [Nathan] Sinkala, [Ibraheem] Jabaar and [Junior] Mendieta prompted a variety of issues for us with their strikers taking part in within the huge channels however I used to be nonetheless very proud of the work ethic, the assumption from the gamers and likewise structurally we improved and matched their construction as a result of we realised that we’re having an issue and that is after they began to interrupt down.”

Mngqithi made it clear that he disagrees with among the referee’s choices particularly within the first-half and he felt that they need to have been awarded two penalties. 

“I used to be not very comfortable first-half, I am by no means someone who’s going to be speaking about refereeing however I believe Gaston’s probability was a transparent penalty, Lyle [Lakay]’s ball within the field for me was a handball and a handball contained in the field is a penalty,” he added. 

“However I do not need to make a meal out of that as a result of I additionally make errors in my line-up, the techniques, we make errors however I simply felt there have been moments, Thapelo [Morena]’s foul within the half-way line for me that was a straight pink [card] however sadly in soccer, you will need to take this stuff as a result of referees are human beings and at occasions they make errors.

“And real errors similar to we additionally make errors however these shouts, for me the Gaston one was the best for the referee to make the decision nevertheless it’s water beneath the bridge now, we are able to give attention to the subsequent match.”

The previous Lamontville Golden Arrows head coach believes his expenses gave account of themselves and he supplied an replace on the injured Kermit Erasmus.

“I believe that is how champions are made, I believe that is what you need to see in a staff that need to be champions or to retain their title. I believe they gave an excellent account of themselves however actually talking the teamwork within the group is excellent,” he mentioned.

“From the coaches I work with, the efficiency analysts, the medical division and the conditioning staff, the entire technical staff and the assist workers, the gamers, the relationships, the cohesion is wanting good and is encouraging for us.

“I don’t even want to know [Kermit Erasmus’ injury update] as a result of at this stage we do not need to lose anybody and he is crucial for us. The minutes he features for us, he all the time provides us one thing. I simply hope and pray that it is not one thing very critical.”

Erasmus was launched within the 58th minute, however the skilled striker was substituted 10 minutes later after choosing up an harm. 

Sundowns will now tackle DR Congolese champions Tout Puissant Mazembe within the Caf Champions League recreation in Tshwane on March 16. 

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