“When you look at it very closely‚ you will realise that from the beginning of the season until now we have lost three of our starting players. We have lost Percy‚ Khama and now Vila and that has a huge bearing on how the team performs‚” the assistant-coach to Pitso Mosimane said.
“We have never had the rhythm that we wanted to have but we are proud that we haven’t lost a match this season even though we have had many draws‚ which for a team like Sundowns is worrying.
“Some of the draws we did not deserve but we missed chances and were sometimes on the wrong side of decisions by referees.”
Mngqithi has prepared Downs to take on Bloemfontein Celtic in their Telkom Knockout last-16 clash on Saturday at Lucas Moripe Stadium in the absence of Mosimane‚ who has been attending a Caf Pro License course.
He said he has been in constant communication with Sundowns’ head coach.
“Me and the coach we are always in constant communication. We know we have to prepare a team that is ready to compete at the level of Sundowns‚” he said.
“We are not taking this cup for granted and we will give it all the respect that it requires. We will also give Celtic the respect they deserve because they are coached by a coach [Steve Komphela] who I admire a lot‚ and who I believe he has a lot to offer in the country.