Cape Town – Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes
facing smaller teams in the cup competitions exposes more players to the big
stage at professional level.
Recently the Brazilians faced National First Division outfit
Cape Town All Stars at Athlone Stadium in a Nedbank Cup last-32 tie, and were
perhaps fortunate to win 1-0 courtesy of a Percy Tau second half strike.
Prior to Tau’s eventual winner, the hosts had fluffed two
sitters with striker Nation Ndlovu culpable for the glaring misses.
Nonetheless, despite stepping into the unknown when facing
unheralded players from the lower leagues, Mngqithi takes the view it is
He told reporters: “I think it’s always nicer when you
have to dig deeper. It is also an opportunity for us to see some talent so
games (against lower league opponents) are not only there for us to win but are
also there for us to see some young talent‚ that one must look at for the
“Personally I would always prefer to play against the
unknown teams because I always want to know more players in and around the
country. It is my responsibility as a coach to always see some players that I
think can make an impact.
“Maybe not at Sundowns but in the PSL. And then to keep
track of such players going forward into the future. If you ask me‚ I’d choose
a smaller team!”