Mnqithi – ‘We want to play a high octane game’


Mnqithi - 'We want to play a high octane game' - Image via Sundowns website

No results other than a victory will save Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League when they play quarter-final return leg with Petro de Luanda after they lost 2-1 in the 1st leg.

Manqoba Mnqithi and Rhulani Mokwena look to qualify for semi-finals for the first time since they took over from Pitso Mosimane.

Sundowns went all out in malls during the week inviting the fans to come and support. Manqoba Mnqithi says they want to dominate both the field and the ball.

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“We will stick to our playing concept, we are a team that wants to dominate the field and dominate the ball. Dominating the field means winning all duels, winning all our 1v1 battles and also dominating the ball possession and chances created,” Mnqithi said.

“We want to play a high octane game, where we have a strong elements of high pressing and strong quick short passing.”

Sundowns would have grabbed a draw but VAR, used in the quarter-final for the first time, chalked their last-minute equalizer.

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“It’s a little bit of a challenge, but perhaps it’s something we have to adapt to. We’ve seen in [European football] when there is something dubious, you expect the referee to go to the screen, however it seems in Africa they choose when they go check the screen.”

The match will be played on Saturday, 22 April at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg with kick-off at 18:00.

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