- Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi expressed his satisfaction with the man of the match performance delivered by Khuliso Mudau in their 1-0 win over Golden Arrows.
- Mngqithi believes the right back's outing bodes well for squad competition among the players.
- The Brazilians are now four points clear atop the DStv Premiership log.
Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has praised the performance of Khuliso Mudau after he helped the club to a slender 1-0 DStv Premiership victory against Golden Arrows on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old right-back put in a man of the match performance at the Harry Gwala Stadium as the Brazilians moved four points clear at the top of the log standings.
"We did say that he is probably the man of the match because he had an outstanding performance on the day," Mngqithi said after the match.
"He is growing in leaps and bounds, and we are happy about it as a group because we want this competition between him and Thapelo [Morena] to stay strong.
"It is good for us to have two people who can always give a very good account of themselves.
"We are happy with how Mudau is coming up, and we are hopeful that he can be a little more consistent in his performances because he is going to help us a lot.
"We believe he deserved the man of the match award because he worked very hard."
Meanwhile, Mngqithi admits that the poor pitch conditions did affect the way he wanted his charges to play.
"I think this was a very tough match. We expected that it wouldn't be easy," he continued.
"They have not played in the past 14 days if I am not mistaken, and that has given them a bit of latitude to recoup and prepare again. They were much sharper; they were faster on every dual.
"What made the situation more difficult was that the pitch did not allow us to play our normal football, which would've helped us maybe to take the steam away from them by keeping possession but [we] unfortunately [couldn't] because conditions were not always good.
"We made a lot of mistakes technically, which exposed us to a lot of counterattacks, and we know how dangerous they can be. Overall, the boys worked very hard."
Masandawana will be back in action in the CAF Champions League second preliminary round second leg against Maniema Union of DR Congo on Sunday.
Sundowns and Union shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw last weekend as both sides look to advance to the group stages of Africa's premier club competition.
Kick-off is at 16:30.