Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes their DStv Premiership clash with Kaizer Chiefs could have gone either way at the FNB Stadium on Sunday evening.
The champions were forced to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw with Amakhosi as Aubrey Modiba opened the scoring for Sundowns before Phathutshedzo Nange netted an equaliser.
As a result, Amakhosi failed to climb the league standings as they remain in fourth place on the log with 43 points from 28 games, while Sundowns remain on top with 62 points after 28 matches.
“I think it was a very interesting match for the spectators, maybe short of goals because we didn’t score enough goals but a very interesting game of football,” Mngqithi told SuperSport TV post-game.
“Where I think it could have gone either way. First half, we didn’t create too many chances although we played very well.
“Second half we posed a threat and I believe we should have had at least one penalty as well or, if not a penalty, a free kick. But it was not to be, but a very good game of football after all,” he said.
“No, there was not much they were doing even in the first half, the mistake we were doing, when they cut the ball in midfield, because they are looking for those transitional moments to come out.
“So, we were playing a lot of balls in the heart of midfield but the moment we started to go to the wide channels and have a double wide with Aubrey and Divine [Lunga], it stretched their team a little bit.
“And it demanded a little bit of defensive work from Keagan Dolly, from Khama Billiat, from [Lazarous] Kambole and that is why there was no longer a goal threat the way they were first half.
“Because first half they had a front three that was sitting always waiting to break out when they regain possession of the ball.”