Mamelodi Sundowns qualified for the quarterfinals of the Caf Champions League with two Group A games to spare after completing a remarkable first double over Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly at the FNB Stadium on Saturday. Sundowns won the game 1-0 to move six points clear of Ahly at the top of the group, but Mngqithi did not hold back in his criticism of Amakhosi, referring to Chiefs’ own Champions League clash with Wydad Casablanca last season, when Sundowns did not allow the Moroccan side to use their training venue.
The co-head coach Manqoba Mngqithi on Saturday blasted Kaizer Chiefs for allowing Al Ahly to use their training venue and home changing room for the Caf Champions League Group A clash with Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium. Pitso Mosimane’s Ahly held much-publicised training sessions this week at Naturena.
“I wish I could say it is beating the champions (Ahly are the Champions League holders) makes it (the win) sweeter, bit what makes it sweeter is beating a collaboration. “Remember during the (Covid-19) bubble at FNB Stadium we could not use the Kaizer Chiefs change room, but it was open for Ahly against us.
“There is always drama when I come here,” said “Jingles”, referring to an incident where Sundowns fans closed the road, preventing the Al-Ahly bus passage to the stadium and forced the defending champions to use an alternative route to enter the FNB Stadium.
Mosimane accused Bafana Ba Style of deploying dirty tactics and pleaded that Sundowns should “let go” of him. “I am strong in football, I have been alone. I have played for this team and you cannot break my system. In football I am strong and I am powerful in my own capacity” said Mosimane“
The group stages will deceive you but we have experience. You can win all of the group games but let’s go to the knockout stages and see. We have to win the next two games and they are in Cairo so we have no excuse. We have done this before, it is going to be tough but the stars on the emblem [show that we can do it]” said Mosimane.