‘Naysayers’ proven wrong by Sundowns coaches

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi during their pe-Nedbank Cup media open day in Chloorkop on Wednesday.
Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi during their pe-Nedbank Cup media open day in Chloorkop on Wednesday.

Manqoba Mngqithi has the greatest pleasure to constantly prove all his doubters and the “naysayers” wrong.

Mngqithi, who was entrusted with the Mamelodi Sundowns head coach position alongside co-coach Rhulani Mokwena after the departure of Pitso Mosimane, has been determined to maintain the club’s high standards.

Following their MTN8 and back-to-back DStv Premiership gongs, they are also on the brink of winning their fourth trophy – the Nedbank Cup, which would complete an impressive treble domestically.

They face defending champions Marumo Gallants in the final at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday (6pm) hoping to further silence their critics.

“As a person I’m very positive,” said Mngqithi during as he addressed the media ahead of the final.

“I always give room for people to be pessimistic because it is in our nature. I don’t know whether it’s our background, more especially as black people. 

“We take too long to think something will work. We always have a lot of ‘we shall see’ situations instead of saying ‘maybe we should support, this might work.’

“But this happens everywhere, even in our own families. It’s very easy for black people to be pessimistic. If you’re doing well very quickly, they will say ‘this one has a snake.’ We never say this guy is working very hard and God is blessing him. 

“So, I’m just saying that it’s very important in life to stay on the positive side and that is what has carried me throughout my life. I always try to see the silver lining in everything, I never really focus on the dark cloud because it will bring rain.”

Mngqithi, as much as he has been delighted with his side’s exploits, admitted that not winning the Caf Champions League has taken a bit of the shine away from their campaign.

“This will look like a very successful season to everyone else but to us as coaches and the players, we know we could have had the quadruple,” added Mngqithi.

“But unfortunately, we bombed out of the Champions League. However, to a certain extent, we are still proud of what we have achieved this season. We have done much better than last season.”Sundowns have remained a dominant force in the PSL even after Mosimane’s exit, something that Mngqithi and Mokwena have worked tirelessly to ensure.

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