Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has explained why his side had to take off Andile Jali for Bongani Zungu against Orlando Pirates.
In a full-of-action clash, spoils were shared as the game ended in a 0-0 stalemate in front of the sold-out crowd at the Orlando Stadium.
Now, it’s all to play for in the second-leg that will take place on Saturday, 22 October at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
According to Mngqithi, Masandawana sacrificed Jali for Zungu in the second half as they wanted agility in the midfield.
‘WE WANTED TO INJECT ENERGY’ – MNGQITHI
“We just wanted to improve the speed of our passing game, because we felt we were a little bit slow in giving them time to organise,” Mgqithi told SuperSport TV after the game.
“AJ has done very well defensively and in build-ups he always helps us a lot but we had to try and inject a little of energy in the game.
“Not that we feel Jali did not play well but we wanted to inject a little bit of energy, which I think we did get second half because we were on top, we were coming towards them a lot. But unfortunately not very incisive in front of goals.”
Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi. Image: @Masandawana / Twitter
With regards to other introductions they made later in the second half, Mngqithi said: “We felt the speed of the game first half was not at the right level and we wanted to inject a little bit of speed with Marcelo, with Gaston and with Bongani Zungu maybe with the quicker passes in the midfield.
“And I think we achieved that objective.”
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