Manqoba Mngqithi Spit On Kaizer Chiefs .
Manqoba Mngqithi, the co-coach of Mamelodi Sundowns, has criticized Kaizer Chiefs for hosting Al Ahly in the Naturena Village.
The Downs coach was speaking after his side overcame the Egyptian giants 1-0 at the FNB Stadium on Saturday to achieve a historic double over them.
Mngqithi claimed that the win was worth more than the three points, which almost definitely qualified Sundowns for the CAF Champions League quarter-finals, because Amakhosi helped them prepare for the game, although Downs did not do the same for Wydad Casablanca last year.
“I believe that teamwork is what makes it sweeter for me.” After the match, he added, “When you remember during the bubble, we could use the changing rooms, but at FNB, you couldn’t use the change rooms, I mean our countrymen couldn’t use the change rooms.”
“However, this locker area was now exposed to Al Ahly, who were opposing us.” For me, winning this match was even sweeter since I felt Chiefs were being spiteful because we could easily have taken Al Ahly to the change room on the opposite side of the stadium, which has a ramp, despite the fact that it was our home match.
“However, when they have the home team’s locker room, it isn’t our home match.” So that irritated me since we were practically in the same situation last season, but we don’t talk about it because we respect and are patriotic.
“For many years, we’ve been in the Champions League space. When they came to play the Chiefs last year, Wydad wanted to train in our facility. But we didn’t let them train in our facility because it would have meant forming an alliance with outsiders.”
When it comes to representing the country on the African arena, Mngqithi believes that South African teams should work together rather than against one other.
“So, more than beating Al Ahly, I think this is just a good lesson in patriotism, in recognizing the fact that when we compete at this level, we’re no longer competing with the Sundowns badge, we’re competing with the flag of the country,” he continued.
“It’s critical; I’m not suggesting we should make any enemies, but we need to respect the fact that we are representing the country — Ahly is representing their country.”
“For me, if our countrymen make the conditions great, which we didn’t do last season, that’s where this thing is a little bit nice, because when it’s a partnership, you have to be proud of it.”