JOHANNESBURG – Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi says it’s not time to press the panic button following his group’s three successive attracts within the Premiership, in opposition to SuperSport United, Bloemfontein Celtic and Swallows FC.
Sundowns have endured a troublesome time of their championship defence within the final eight days after bagging solely three factors out of a doable 9, albeit sustaining their unbeaten file within the league and remaining high of the pile on 27 factors.
After the goalless stalemates with SuperSport and Celtic, it seemed to be third time fortunate for the Brazilians in opposition to Swallows as they scored on the stroke of half-time from a nicely executed strike from ahead Kermit Erasmus as they took the lead forward of the break.
But the Birds’ never-say-die perspective ensured that they snatched some extent in Tshwane, Musa Nyatama heading residence on the loss of life from close-range after goalkeeper Denis Onyango parried a set-piece effort again into play.
“I wouldn’t say that it’s that stage where we have to panic and feel that we have dropped big points,” Mngqithi mentioned.
“We were not playing against pushovers, we were playing against SuperSport United, who are competing up there (in the title race) with us.”
Mngqithi added: “We were playing against Swallows, who are also up there, competing with us. We were playing Celtic, where we got an improved result considering the MTN8 (final) result, when they beat us.
“Yes, as Sundowns we want to want to win, but I don’t think people need to panic.”
Against the highest three – Sundowns, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs – returning Swallows have snatched 5 factors out of a doable 9.
But Mngqithi wasn’t satisfied their aim ought to have counted.
“I strongly believe that the goal was offside,” Mngqithi mentioned.
“And I was asking myself what is really happening because they maybe got away with the same murder against Pirates. And again now.
“But in football you must expect these things.”
Nonetheless, Mngqithi was stuffed with reward for second-placed Swallows, who “are a very good team and playing some good football”.
“Although today, they played in patches, they are coached very well. (coach) Brandon Truter has done a tremendous job”.
It could seem that accidents have contributed to Sundowns’ droop in kind with many common starters within the medical room because of varied illnesses, and subsequently being compelled to vary their beginning line-up each sport.
But Mngqithi disagrees. On Saturday, the one common centre-back that was accessible was Mosa Lebusa, with midfielder Mothobi Mvala compelled to companion him.
With extra issues within the engine room, captain Hlompho Kekana additionally began for the primary time since late December.
“It’s never nice not having players that are used to playing together, and the quality of those players is also known,” Mngqithi mentioned.
“But that doesn’t mean the players that we had today didn’t play very well. Mothobi played very well as a centre-back.”
He added: “George (Maluleka) played very well at the central midfield, and the rest of the guys also applied themselves very well.
“Thapelo (Morena) also played well at right-back. So I can’t blame the unavailability of players.
“But obviously you’ll think that having all the squad members (fit and available) you’ll make a better selection.”