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Mngqithi Hopes Tembo Can Toughen Up Downs Defender

Manqoba Mngqithi and Kaitano Tembo have given their thoughts on the loan move of Sifiso Ngobeni from Mamelodi Sundowns to SuperSport United for the remainder of the season. 

Ngobeni made a move to Matsatsantsa on the final day of the transfer window, after making just two appearances for the reigning DSTV Premiership champions since signing from Bloemfontein Celtic. 

Downs co-coach Mngqithi feels working with Tembo could help toughen up the left back.

"We felt that for his development pathway, it's very important that he gets some game time because in the first round of the season, he did not get as many matches. That concerns us because we believe that he has a lot to give to the club, but the expectations of the club at times can be very difficult. When you consider in that list of players that he is competing with, he's got a Lyle Lakay, a Divine Lunga and Aubrey Modiba. It becomes very difficult for a youngster like him to crack it, but we do believe he has a bright future and he will come back and help us. Maybe working with Kaitano will toughen him up a bit and he will come back ready to compete and fight for his place," Mngqithi said to media at the Nedbank Cup launch this week."

Tembo, meanwhile, expressed his delight at having Ngobeni on board, as this will give him more options at left back.

"Sifiso Ngobeni is a very talented left back. He is technically good. He fits in well into our way of playing. He is someone we can use in our build-ups, especially as an outlet. He is attack-minded, so he fits in our profile in terms of how we want to play. The other thing is that we needed a little bit of depth in that position because at the moment we've got only Onismor Bhasera, who just came back from the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. So, we need depth in that position."

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