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Manqoba Mngqithi on record-equaling win: 'At Sundowns we have a responsibility not to lose'

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Manqoba Mngqithi (Gallo Images)
Manqoba Mngqithi (Gallo Images)

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Manqoba Mngqithi says his side have a responsibility to win every game and feel disappointed at even a draw after the Brazilians equaled an unbeaten record.

Goals by midfielders Rivaldo Coetzee, Sphelele Mkhulise and Sibusiso Vilakazi handed Masandawana a 3-1 win over TTM on Tuesday and their record-equaling 19th game going undefeated.

With the win, Sundowns have matched the longest-ever unbeaten run since the start of a PSL season set by Stuart Baxter's Kaizer Chiefs side in the 2014/15 season.

Despite this, Mngqithi insisted his side were only focused on winning each individual match and left talk of records to statisticians and the media.

"To be honest at Sundowns we have a responsibility not to lose," Mngqithi said post-match. "We work hard in instilling that culture.

"But we are never focused on how many games we've won or drawn. We're always focused on winning every match.

"We even feel bad when we get a draw. Be it in a friendly match, be it in a practice match we always want to win at the end of the day.

"As for the records, we leave that to the statisticians and the media because we as coaches we're focusing on each game as it comes and to give our best shot in each and every game.

That is why even now we have won the match but we are still unhappy that we've conceded the goal.

"That is what we are always playing for."

Sundowns next face CR Belouizdad in their final game of the CAF Champions League group stages on Friday.

Kick-off is at 15:00.

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