Kaizer Motaung Jnr Responds To Mamelodi Sundowns Co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi.
Manqoba Mngqithi, the co-coach of Mamelodi Sundowns, has criticized Kaizer Chiefs for hosting Al Ahly in the Naturena Village.
He stated:“I think what makes it sweeter for me is a collaboration. When you remember during the bubble, we could use the change room, at FNB you could not use the change rooms, I mean our countrymen could not use the change room,”
“But this change room was open for Al Ahly now, against us. For me, winning this match was sweeter because I felt Chiefs was being spiteful because we could’ve easily taken Al Ahly to the change room that has got a ramp on the other side, that long distance because it’s our home match.
Motaung Jnr: “I want to address the comments made by my esteemed colleague at Sundowns, Manqoba Mngqithi. Actually it’s very disappointing because as a club it’s very important for us to show camaraderie for the bigger picture of the football industry as we hosted Al Ahly at the Village.
“We heard the comments of coach Mngqithi and why I feel it’s disappointing, it’s quite unsportsmanlike because instead of a head coach focussing on actually a great achievement the club had made by beating the current African champions twice, he chose to use that platform to attack us and to say some very unsportsmanlike comments in the media.
“One, for us and if we’re sitting back and someone in our organisation, if the coach commented that way, we’d be very, very upset and we’d definitely call that coach in to explain his words because it was very misplaced and quite disappointing that he said that.
“I also want to address one thing, we understand that certain people would come out say different things but at the same time for me that club is not always going to come down and respond to every small insult that’s given our way.
“We always got to be as professional as we can. Although having said that, trying to be professional. We’re extremely disappointed in the comments that he made and in my understanding looking at the leadership at Sundowns, I know they are quite disappointed.
“That’s as much as I’d say on this matter and I think he should’ve rather focussed on his own team. We’ve been traveling the continent and we know that Sundowns have been hosted by Zamalek, we’ve been hosted by Raja Casablanca when we played in the Champions League last year.
“It’s part of a bigger picture and about being professional.” Motaung Jnr Concluded.