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'At Times We Were Nervy And Anxious'

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi claims the Brazilians were nervous at times during their first game of the season.

Read: Sundowns Off To Losing Start Without Pitso

Sundowns' began life without Pitso Mosimane with a 1-0 defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic in the quarter-finals of the MTN8 on Sunday evening.

Mngqithi felt there were enough chances to get the goal but insists there were positives to take out of the game.

"We patiently wanted to keep the ball in midfield, create good moments, wait for the right moment to look for possibilities behind the defence, a lot of breaking the lines, which did not happen much from out 8s," he told SuperSport after the game.

"In the second-half we started to see those moments a lot but better positional sense because when you're playing the shape we're playing, you expect to keep possession and not lose possession and don't expose yourself to counter-attacks and I think that's where we survived.

"Because there were scary moments when they won the ball, out of nothing...when we're casual on the ball, it creates moments for them but otherwise I believe we played very well, it was just unfortunate that we could not take the game," he went on.

"The chances we created, unfortunately with the offside of [Peter] Shalulile, we created some moments which could give us some goal, Gason [Sirino] had [a chance], 'Mshishi' [Themba Zwane] also had a chance on the far side, we had some very interesting moments, maybe one more touch could have resulted in a goal in some instances.

"But at times we were nervy, anxious, understandably when you're playing the first match of the season but I was impressed, there were a lot of positives in my opinion," he added.

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