Manqoba Mnqgithi (Gallo Images)
Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mnqgithi has reassured fans that there is no need to be alarmed following the 1-1 draw against Swallows FC over the weekend.
Masandawana were set to move three points ahead of title chasing Swallows after Kermit Erasmus’ first half goal.
However, Musa Nyatama equalised with the final kick of the game to ensure Brandon Truter’s charges keep up with the big guns at the summit of the DStv Premiership.
Speaking to the media after the shock draw, Mnqgithi was calm about the club’s recent results and is confident that a point against Swallows is no train smash.
“I wouldn’t say it is at that stage where we have to panic and start feeling that we have dropped three points we were not playing against push overs here,” Mnqgithi said.
“We played against SuperSport, and SuperSport is up there competing with us, we played against Swallows and Swallows are there competing with us. We played against Celtic and got an improved result from the MTN 8 defeat.”
Due to several injuries within the Sundowns squad, Mnqgithi is pleased with the performances of the fringe players.
“I don’t think people need to panic, I think we are at that stage where we had to play around with a lot of changes in the line ups with all these three matches and that had a very negative impact on how we played,” he said.
“To be honest I believe the guys that were not playing regularly who are coming into play now have really given a good account of themselves, if you check all the teams we have played against, playing against teams who have got their full squad, not even one of their key players was out and we still managed.
“For me this is not a stage to panic, I think we are on the right track. Maybe one day we will appreciate the points that we got.”
Sundowns are back in action on Wednesday against Black Leopards.
Kick-off is at 17:00.