While Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi’s quiet demeanour makes him come across as a father figure to players, he is not doing his fatherly duties at home.
Well. that is at least if his famous actress daughter Asavela Mqokiyana’s (nee Mngqithi) recent tweet is anything to go by.
Asavela shot to fame when she played the role of Ntwenhle on Mzansi Magic’s popular telenovela Isibaya which has since been canned.
Recently married, and probably without her father giving her away as per the norm, Asavela took to Twitter on Friday to throw shade at his father.
“Whatever I have/will still achieve, never credit all my hard work to Manqoba Mngqithi and his money,” wrote Asavela.
“Ngihluphekile, ngaphumelela engekho (I suffered financially until I made it without his support).”
“If you have an opinion or inkinga ngicela uyidle (if you have a problem with that, just eat it). Love and light I guess.”
The statement surprised many and while others supported her for coming clean with the truth, some felt it was unnecessary.
Mngqithi is a respected coach in the local game and he has always kept his private life private.
He joined Sundowns as then coach Pitso Mosimane’s assistant some eight years ago and has since been promoted to head coach alongside Rulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela.
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Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi was not pleased with the manner in which they conceded against SuperSport United.
Sundowns missed the chance to overtake Orlando Pirates at the summit of the DStv Premiership standings after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Gavin Hunt’s side.
“I just think we were very wasteful today, first half we created a lot of chances, far more chances than what we created in the previous match,” Mngqithi told SuperSport TV.
“But we were just not clinical enough and very lethargic defensively, allowing crosses to come into the box and still not take the people that are on the far side and we knew every time they break out they go to the channel and the good thing is that we’ll have somebody to immediately try to put pressure on the ball.
“But if you still allow a cross from there, then you know the opposite side is open and our centre-backs did not pick up very well.”
Mngqithi was critical of Thapelo Morena’s role in the two goals they conceded on the night.
“First goal I think Thapelo [Morena] was also caught napping on that one. Second half again unfortunately for him on the far side he allowed a cross,” he continued.
“He took things for granted, he thought the ball was going out and they relaxed and that’s how we got punished.”
“But truth be told I think we just wasteful in this match, it’s not because we were far below par.”