The conduct of some Mamelodi Sundowns players was questioned at the weekend, and co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi was quick to address the issue.
With the Brazilians cruising against Orlando Pirates in their DStv Premiership encounter on Sunday afternoon, having scored three goals in the second half, whistles and jeering could be heard from the Downs bench – appearing to mock their opponents.
Mngqithi first condemned the behaviour of his substitutes in his TV interview with the broadcasters before reiterating his stance during the mandatory post-match press conference with journalists about 10 minutes after the game.
“Yes, already I have spoken to them in the change room and even outside when I was talking to the commentary team. For me, arrogance is one thing that I never encourage because when you start making such noise you are showing disrespect,” the coach explained.
“I spoke to the team and the players to make sure that we always stay humble – one thing that I always preach within the team. In every team talk we always emphasise on humility because it’s every important. At times some of us are privileged to be working for a team like Sundowns that can afford so much. Sometimes we tend to think when we win it’s because you are special, but at times it’s not only because you are special, but because there’s so much support around you from management, administration staff and everybody else. To always respect the opponent is a very important thing by my standards.”
Mngqithi said he would communicate his stance to the players again at a later stage.
“It is something that I am still going to emphasise because I really believe that it was uncalled for,” the coach added.
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