Mngqithi ‘not entirely happy’ with Usuthu’s game

2010-12-21 00:00

IT is rare to see Manqoba Mngqithi flash a broad smile. Memories of him sitting glued to the bench, stone-faced, when his former team Lamontville Golden Arrows annihilated Ajax Cape Town 6-0 to clinch the MTN8 trophy last season still linger.

Even after guiding his AmaZulu side to a comprehensive 4-0 win over Mpumalanga Black Aces — their second win in 11 games this season — at KwaMashu’s Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday, Mngqithi proclaimed himself “not entirely happy”.

Perhaps the modest coach from Umzimkhulu is quite aware of the challenging nature of the task of attempting to milk points off PSL log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns tomorrow night in Pretoria.

Patrice Motsepe’s rich boys have set the pace for the league championship, their impressive form (collecting 27 points from 11 matches) bordering on arrogance and swagger.

Sundowns, who on Friday beat Ajax Cape Town 1-0 away, currently enjoy a seven and six-point lead over nearest rivals Kaizer Chiefs, Ajax and Orlando Pirates.

It’s a different matter altogether down at the Usuthu kraal, where the Durban team have struggled to get the desired results, sending their long-suffering fans into panic mode with calls for Mngqithi’s head.

Before the weekend game, AmaZulu — who sit in 13th position with 12 points — registered a 3-3 draw away at Wits University, thus becoming the third-highest goal conceders (17) so far after Moroka Swallows (18), Maritzburg United (19) and Aces (23).

“… I am not going to lie and say I am happy with our performance. I believe that had Aces used their chances, we could be talking a different story. Our defence has been shaky,” Mngqithi said after Sunday’s game.

The coach, however, did acknowledge that the win against Aces will serve as a confidence-booster for the Sundowns game.


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