Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi says his players could have made better decisions in the final third after failing to register a shot on target.

The sides played out to an entertaining stalemate in the MTN8 semi-final first leg on Saturday afternoon.

The Brazilian tactician says the match was a good spectacle for the supporters, who came out in their numbers.

“I think it was a very interesting match for the spectators, unfortunate not to score goals in this match,” Mngqithi told SuperSport TV.

“And worse for us when we could not even have a shot on target, with very good situations on the right side where Mudau had very bad crosses.

“In moments where I think maybe with a first touch and maybe a cut-back we could have done better because those were well created situations.

“But I believe it was a very good match to watch for spectators unfortunately for it not to get a goal.”

Mngqithi went on to explain why they substituted Andile Jali and Neo Maema early in the second-half in favour of Bongani Zungu and Marcelo Allende.

“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 organised,” he went on.

“‘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 bit 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.”


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