Mngqithi returns for ‘emotional’ clash

2011-01-15 00:00

AMAZULU coach Manqoba Mngqithi has described his side’s Premier Soccer League clash against Lamontville Golden Arrows at Clermont’s Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium tomorrow, as “emotional for me”.

The match was moved from Moses Mabhida Stadium this week after the pitch there was deemed unusable, having not fully recovered from hosting last weekend’s T20 international between South Africa and India and a concert.

Tomorrow’s clash against Arrows will be the first time soft-spoken former school teacher Mngqithi faces his old employers.

He was nudged away from the Arrows job before the current campaign.

“It’s an emotional game for me considering that I will be playing against the players I brought into the PSL and invested so much in. I am what I am today because of Arrows, who invested in me by sending me to foreign countries in order to learn about the game,” Mngqithi.

“I will use that information against them and the knowledge I attained will benefit AmaZulu now and in the future.”

Mngqithi said his side’s preparations for the game have gone well apart from concerns over slight injuries sustained by defenders Carlington Sadomba (groin), Belux Kasongo (knee) and Namibian striker Tangeni Shipahu (groin).

He would not be drawn into discussing what kind of game he is expecting from Arrows, who have looked impressive this season under Serbian coach Zoran Fillipovic, although they lost 3-1 to Santos in the Cape last weekend.

Both Durban sides go into tomorrow’s game on the back of losses. Usuthu were brought down to earth by Ajax Cape Town 2-1 at a sweltering Ulundi Stadium on Saturday.

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