Register Login Live

Mamelodi Sundowns

Downs Mentor: Chiefs, Bucs Reclaiming SA’s Football Identity

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi says it is about time South Africa reclaims its football identity.

Mngqithi believes for SA football to do so, DStv Premiership club bosses need to show faith in local coaches as they understand the dynamics of SA football and its players.

Only four coaches are at the helm out of the 16 teams in SA’s topflight, and the Downs co-coach has urged club owners and SA football fans not to blacken the name of local coaches but instead support them.

“We must be supportive of our local coaches and not always point a gun at them; that’s my wish,” Mngqithi said to the media.

View images from the clash between Chiefs and Downs:


The Downs mentor went on to shower praise on Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Arthur Zwane, Orlando Pirates’ co-coaches Fadlu Davids and Mandla Ncikazi, Baroka’s interim coach Vincent Kobola and Kurt Lentjies, as he believes they have displayed their capabilities to advance football in the country.

“I think coaches like Arthur and Dillon, Kobola at Baroka if you look at the change that they have made in a very short space of time, requires that our SA media must also try not to be pessimistic towards our people,” added Mngqithi.

“I think they deserve the support and opportunity from you guys [the media]. I really do believe that SA coaches are showing promise. Look at what Kurt Lentjies is doing at Chippa; the team is looking good and doing very well. Kobola is doing very well, and Arthur and Dillon [Sheppard], in a very short space of time. 

“Honestly speaking, I now want to watch matches that are played by these teams because I see a lot of what I identify with in terms of how SA expects football to be played.

“I do believe it’s in that way that we will be able to improve the quality of football even in our national team because if our contests are not second ball and set pieces, we would have a chance and supported by our own people,” concluded the Downs tactician.

Gordon Igesund Answers Your Hard Questions!

Take Part In Our Big Three Quiz & Win TAB Betting Vouchers!

Chiefs Coach Offers Advice To Parker

Downs Single Out Chiefs Starlet

Amrouche Camp Working On Soweto Giants Link


Top 5

Downs Up The Ante In Nodada Pursuit?

91 Jul 04, 2022 09:01 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Report: 5 Players Xavi Wants To Sign

Jul 05, 2022 09:29 AM in LaLiga

Teen Sensation Training With Chiefs?

25 Jul 04, 2022 01:54 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Arsenal's 10 Highest-Paid Players After Jesus Signing

Jul 04, 2022 09:24 PM in English Premier League

WATCH: Inside Sundowns' Pre-Season Medicals

19 Jul 04, 2022 11:55 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Is Nurkovic Taking This Luxury Car From Chiefs To Royal AM?

3 Jul 05, 2022 12:31 PM in Stars & Their Cars

Official: Chiefs Confirm Another First-Team Departure

49 Jul 02, 2022 07:44 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Axed Chiefs Star Makes Big Zwane Claim

56 Jul 02, 2022 03:01 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Ronaldo Linked With Three Clubs After 'Exit Request'

6 Jul 04, 2022 08:27 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Downs To Announce Good News On Zwane!

31 Jul 04, 2022 10:55 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Mane Breaks Silence On Liverpool Exit

7 Jun 22, 2022 09:29 AM in Bundesliga News

Report: Lukaku's Chelsea Exit Confirmed

Jun 22, 2022 08:25 AM in English Premier League

Decision To Be Made On Mmodi?

7 Jul 04, 2022 10:01 AM in Siyagobhoza