Manqoba Mngqithi (Gallo Images)
- Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi slammed Kaizer Chiefs for unpatriotic generosity towards Al-Ahly.
- Sundowns defeated Al-Ahly 1-0 in Saturday’s CAF Champions League Group A clash at FNB Stadium.
- Al-Ahly trained at the Chiefs’ Naturena base and also used the Chiefs’ locker room at FNB Stadium.
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi slammed Kaizer Chiefs for a lack of patriotism as they allowed Egypt side Al-Ahly to use their dressing room at FNB Stadium.
Mngqithi said the Chiefs’ collaboration with Pitso Mosimane’s side made Saturday’s 1-0 CAF Champions League win all the sweeter.
Al-Ahly trained at the Kaizer Chiefs’ Naturena base to prepare for the game, but the Chiefs’ generosity took it a step further by allowing Al-Ahly to use their dressing room for the game.
Mngqithi said during the bio-bubble that saw teams play in different locations, the Chiefs’ home dressing room was inaccessible to the teams playing at FNB Stadium, making her decision to loan it out to Al-Ahly a special one .
As things stand, the Sundowns and Chiefs meet on May 8th in a game that could see Mngqithi’s side crowned champions again.
However, that will depend on the Football Association of South Africa arbitration hearing to take place this week in connection with the Chiefs’ Covid-19 disaster late last year which left them unable to play league games.
“What makes it cuter for me is hitting a collab. During the bubble, you couldn’t use the Chiefs’ dressing room if you played at FNB Stadium,” Mngqithi said.
“Our compatriots couldn’t use the dressing room, but it was open for Al-Ahly against us. For me, winning that match was sweeter because I felt like the Chiefs were being spiteful.
“They could have easily taken Al-Ahly to the other dressing room, which is far away and has a ramp. It’s our home game but only in name since they used the Chiefs’ locker room.
“That was spiteful because we had almost the same scenario last season, but we don’t talk about those things because we’re experienced and patriotic.”
Mngqithi said when Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca asked to prepare at the Sundowns’ Chloorkop base, they turned it down because they put the country first.
Mngqithi said the Chiefs’ lack of patriotism was worrying but said they would learn more about it the more they participate in the Champions League.
“Wydad wanted to train at our facility last year when they wanted to play Chiefs and we turned down their request,” Mngqithi said.
“That would have meant that we entered into an alliance with outsiders. The victory is also a good lesson in patriotism.
“If we play at this stage, we’re not just playing for Sundowns, we’re representing the country.
“We’re not saying we need to make enemies, but we need to have a little more patriotism. Al-Ahly represented Egypt and if conditions are eased by our compatriots, that is an issue.”
Mngqithi criticizes the “unpatriotic” Kaizer Chiefs for hosting Al-Ahly too generously
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