- In the wake of their first defeat out of 22 DStv Premiership matches, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi has fired a salvo at Kaizer Chiefs
- After conceding two second-half goals, the Sundowns tactician says Chiefs were not deserved winners at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Sunday afternoon
- The win has come to bring relief at Naturena as it lifted Chiefs to the top eight whilst Sundowns remain at the top of the log table
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi has fired an attack on Kaizer Chiefs in the wake of their first DStv Premiership loss on Sunday afternoon.
The 10-time Premier Soccer League winners were looking to maintain their unbeaten run at Loftus Versfeld Stadium as they welcomed Amakhosi.
However, a 2-1 scoreline saw the Brazilians remaining at the top but the loss has left an unsavoury taste on the veteran tactician.
Because coach Gavin Hunt’s troops netted through an own goal by skipper Mosa Lebusa and Dumisani Zuma’s goal, Mngqithi says Chiefs didn’t deserve to break their fine run in the league.
Mngqithi told SuperSport TV:
“I honestly don’t think Kaizer Chiefs was the team (that deserved) to take our undefeated record…I don’t think they fought hard enough to make the game difficult for us…I believe we lost to ourselves.
“I think this is a game we could have wrapped up earlier, we messed around and resorted to ball possession when we could have penetrated."
Taking a glance at the log table, Sundowns have 47 points from 22 games and the Soweto giants have moved to the top eight and have 28 points from 23 matches.
On top of that, the 50-year-old manager is of the view that his troops made things difficult for them as they dropped vital points at home. He added.
“Even in the second half we had a big chance to score a second but we didn’t and on the counter we lost possession and instead of blocking the opponent and making sure the don’t go past we let them loose.
“You may say there was a deflection, but there is no luck in football, luck is when hard work meets opportunity.”
Khune had warned Sundowns, that they were coming for a war on Sunday afternoon.
The Amakhosi veteran says they are a big team and could not afford to drop points in the DStv Premiership, especially as they were licking their wounds heading to Tshwane.
Chiefs lost 2-1 to Cape Town City during the week at FNB Stadium and their mission was to avenge the 3-0 loss they suffered against the Brazilians in the first round.
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