By Isaac Ndou
JOHANNESBURG: Ngcongca is confident that their Brazilians will turn their CAf Champions League fortunes around following their lacklustre start in the group stages where they are yet to record a victory.
The 2016 Champions are currently bottom of Group C following their two draws with Horoya and defending Champions Wydad Casablanca as well as their latest outing which resulted in a rather shocking 1-0 loss to Togolese club Togo Port to drop them to an unfavourable position.
.“We’ve let ourselves down by not winning in Togo. It was a game that we could have wrapped up in the first half. As you know, football is a funny sport. If you don’t take your chances you get punished. We had an opportunity to study them. We did our homework on them and everything that was spoken about at training came out in the game.”
“But look, the group is still open. We’ve got three games left, which we have to win. The two games at home are must-win games. We are going back to the drawing broad and we will prepare well for the game on Friday next week,” said Mamelodi Sundowns right-back Anele Ngcongca on the club’s website.
The reigning league Champions will switch their attention to the Shell Helix Cup wherein they will play against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday which Ngcongca says they will take seriously and go for a win as he believes that his club does not play friendly games given their pedigree of being a winning team as well as being the team to beat.
“Sundowns doesn’t play any friendly matches. Any team that we play against bring their A-game and we also play to win. We played a friendly against Township Rollers and they came with the desire to win and so did we. Sundowns have a winning mentality. Every game that we play, we play to win. The Chiefs game will see us coming up with our former teammates like Khama Billiat and Leonardo Castro. It’s going to be a crucial game for them. We are ready for them,” he concluded.
The match which will be played at the 94 000 seater FNB Stadium has reportedly been slow in ticket sales after the match was reported to have sold only 36,000 tickets on Thursday.