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Mngqithi reveals what Sundowns will be working on during the FIFA break

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Steve Komphela and Manqoba Mngqithi (Gallo Images)
Steve Komphela and Manqoba Mngqithi (Gallo Images)

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi says that the FIFA international break will serve as an opportunity for them to get a few things in order.

The Brazilians are currently joint log leaders with Baroka FC after just three matches since the 2020/21 Premiership campaign kicked off last month.

The mandatory international break sees five Masandawana first team players join the Bafana Bafana camp on Sunday, namely: Motjeka Madisha, Lyle Lakay, Andile Jalie, Themba Zwane, Kermit Erasmus.

Speaking to the media after Sundowns beat Cape Town City 2-0 on Wednesday, Mngqithi sees the upcoming FIFA break (8-20th November) to work on ball possession and player organisation.

"Our team is still in the inception stages. It’s only now that things are getting a little bit normal, so, we have a lot to work on in our ball possession and ball retention," Mngqithi said.

"We are not taking care of the ball that well and maybe our positional sense would have to improve, our body position and organisationally within the midfield.

"Also, to make sure to create opportunities maybe we take them a little bit better because from the game against Chiefs one thinks it deserved more than five goals in that match.

"In the game we played today (against Cape Town City), I strongly believe we deserved more than five goals again but we are not taking the chances that we are getting and it is not something that can happen overnight.”

"We are working on this as coaches, we’re putting everything that we can put in the detail of our game. We’ve got a lot of aspects of the game that we’re trying to improve,” Mngqithi continued.

"I am sure you can see we are trying to put a lot more numbers in our attack to make sure that we get scoring opportunities.

"Because over the last two or three seasons we've dropped the number of goals scoring from the time we won the league with 71 points, we’ve not been scoring enough but we’ve had a very good defensive record."

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