- After George Maluleka's Sundowns' debut this weekend, co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi had a few things to say
- Mngqithi said that people don't give Maluleka the respect he deserves and that they will soon know what the midfielder is capable of
- Mngqithi also dismissed rumours that Maluleka was not part of the technical trio's plans for Sundowns
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Manqoba Mngqithi, Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach, spoke candidly about George Maluleka. Mngqithi said that fans and others will soon know what Maluleka is capable of. The 31-year-old debuted for Sundowns this past weekend.
Maluleka scored a penalty which prompted the third goal in Sundowns 3-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs. Mngqithi said he was impressed to see Maluleka go as far as getting a penalty in the box and that it was very encouraging.
Speaking about a rumour spread about Maluleka and the technical team, Mngqithi said it was "unfounded" that people believe that the midfielder was not part of their plans. He added that they know what Maluleka is capable of.
KickOff reported that Mngqithi said he knew what he expected of Maluleka on Saturday and they wanted Maluleka to "drive in a little bit" to assist in keep possession. According to TimesLive, Mngqithi also said that a lot of people don’t give Maluleka the respect that he deserves.
Briefly.co.za took to Twitter to see what fans were saying about Mngqithi and Maluleka under KickOff's tweet.
"The good thing is the fans know him."
@Mlandis91247355 spoke about the rumour:
"We know who is spreading the rumour. They are bitter he has left but they have Billiat."
@MuzomhleM also said:
"Co-coaches must not try to convince us, let the boy play and we'll judge."
Briefly.co.za recently reported on Mngqithi after he called on the "Gods of soccer" for help. The Brazilians co-coach is determined to help his team win the MTN8 trophy this season.
Sundowns have not won the trophy in 13 years after getting their hands on it in 2007 after a 1-0 match with Orlando Pirates at the Kings Park Stadium in Durban. The hopeful co-coach said that the entire team shares a hunger to get their hands on the trophy - from the players to the management as well as the president and the board.
He also said that he has prayed to the "Gods of football" to help the team finally win the MTN8. Manqoba, who is coaching alongside Rulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela, has previously been able to bag the trophy for his team at the time, Lamontville Golden Arrows, during which they beat Ajax Cape Town a whopping 6-0.
In other soccer news, Briefly.co.za reported that Kaizer Chiefs have announced a transfer ban for 2 transfer windows. Fans have been tweeting at the official Kaizer Chiefs Twitter account for a while asking for an update on the situation with CAS. Many have now responded to the team's tweet asking questions and speaking about what they should focus on now.
"If we can promote from our own development then we can let Hlanthi and Nange play for the development and promote them to the senior team after a week, just a suggestion because we can't sign from other clubs."
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